New Earswick All Blacks aim to end season by leapfrogging hosts Queensbury

York Press: Jack Stearman Jack Stearman

NEW Earswick All Blacks ARLC aim to end their Pennine League championship campaign on a high note - hopefully without the controversy that abounded in their last home match.

The target has been to finish fourth but only victory at Queensbury on Saturday (2.30pm) by 23 points or more will see Jack Stearman's men leapfrog their hosts into that spot.

All Blacks will field an inexperienced team, too, with Carl Barrow unavailable and Adam Kirby rule out with injury suffered amid unsavoury scenes in the narrow loss to Upton at White Rose Avenue last week.

But player-boss Stearman has reiterated they "can beat any team in this division" and he says last week's rumpus is now behind them with focus renewed ahead of the York & District Cup semi-final against York Acorn next month.

"They're fourth and we're fifth and we can catch them if we beat them well enough on Saturday," he said.

"We have to focus on getting the win and then see what happens. We want to finish with a victory and then push on for two more victories in the York Cup."

Barrow was sent off for an alleged dangerous tackle last week and Jack Carling was sin-binned after a brawl in which Upton had a man red-carded for kicking. Upton saw another player dismissed for foul and abusive language, while there were claims of unpleasant tension on the sidelines too.

Stearman added: "We can compete with everyone in this division, including the top two, Methley and Upton. We've put last week to bed and are concentrating on this next fixture."

Selby Warriors 'A' go to Cowling Harlequins buoyed by victory over leaders Illingworth 'A' last week - only Illingworth's second defeat of the season.

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