York Lokomotive target derby boost to title push
Updated 11:51am Thursday 10th July 2014 in Sport
YORK Lokomotive ARLC have sights set on a maiden league title - and more pressingly derby joy.
The Lokos have lost only to leaders Shaw Cross 'A' in their Yorkshire Men's League group two campaign and have still to play them again twice before the season is out.
And boss Simon Moat says their destiny remains in their own hands, beginning with Saturday's trip across town to mid-table Heworth 'A' (2.30pm).
"Local derbies are always special and we're looking forward to this one," he said.
"We had a chat as a squad after last week's win (at Stanley 'A'). We're in a position to challenge (for the title), and it's games like this that can make a difference. It will be really tough. Heworth 'A' haven't beaten us yet in three meetings and they will be really up for it.
"But we're going into it pretty confident, despite a couple of injuries."
The Lokos will be without Chris Corr, while key men Liam Watling, an ex-Heworth junior, and Tom Dunmore are both doubts. But Zak Hardy returns at centre and Ben Hepworth, the big former York RUFC forward who had a brief trial with York City Knights reserves last year, is set for a debut.
Moat added: "Shaw Cross have seven games to go and five of them are away. We have to play them twice as well. If we carry on our form we've got every chance of lifting the title. It's down to us and how hard we're willing to work."
Selby Warriors' summer team have no game in the Yorkshire Men's League but their winter squad have begun open age training, continuing tonight.
Sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 7pm, at their Foxhill Lane ground.
The club are hoping to run two open age teams again and anyone interested in playing, regardless of experience, is welcome to attend.