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Pocklington RUFC aim to ratchet up pressure in North One East battle
POCKLINGTON RUFC will look to keep the pressure on the North One East leaders when they visit struggling Middlesbrough tomorrow.
The Percy Roaders have won all four of their matches this season and trail West Hartlepool and Cleckheaton at the summit by a single bonus point.
After a dominant 38-10 victory over Morpeth last weekend, centre Josh Britland and lock Dan Wilson will both return to the Pock squad after being unavailable last week.
Although the Teessiders have traditionally been one of the north’s leading clubs, the two sides go into the game at opposite ends of the table.
Middlesbrough have won only one of their four matches this season and are second from bottom in the league ladder.
When the sides met at Acklam Park last season Pocklington edged a 20-18 win, but not before Middlesbrough had missed a conversion with the last kick of the game from in front of the posts that would have given them a draw.
Pat Fifita, Tom and Henry Newitt, along with Kenton Leiataua will all be absent while, in the forwards, Alex Whitaker is also a concern with a back injury.
“It is a case of patching up and making do with what we have got,” said club spokesman Bill Laidler.
Malton were demolished 46-14 at West Hartlepool but Laidler says the club competed until five minutes before half-time when the club suffered two quick injuries.
“We know they will be strong in the centres,” Laidler added of Huddersfield. “They will be strong in the backs and we will have to try to keep the ball away from them.”
Selby head coach Richard Nicholson wants his team to be more clinical as they host Heath at Sandhill Lane in Yorkshire One.
“It’s going to be another tough game and hopefully we can put together enough of a good performance to win it,” he said.
“When we have played well we have really troubled teams but what we have to pick up very quickly is the accuracy and being clinical.
“The teams in this league are a little better organised and they keep coming back at you. We have to close games out, particularly the tight ones.”
Nicholson has a full squad to choose from apart from long-term absentee Alex Webster, who is recovering from a knee injury.
York, top of Yorkshire One after four straight wins to start the season, await Doncaster Phoenix at Clifton Park.
In Yorkshire Four, York RI look to get their first win on the board when they host Wetherby at New Lane.
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