New Earswick All Blacks target revenge in last game of 2013

York Press: Liam Gargan Liam Gargan

NEW Earswick All Blacks ARLC are targeting revenge and a festive fillip as they play their last game of 2013.

Jack Stearman’s charges host Dewsbury Moor on Saturday (2pm) just three weeks after losing the reverse fixture 36-22 but cheered by a morale-boosting 28-8 win over Eastmoor Dragons last Saturday.

That game saw a surprise return from injury of playmaker Liam Gargan, who produced a man-of-the-match performance – and head coach Stearman is confident his bolstered troops can bag another two points as they look to climb the Pennine League premier division ladder and head into the Christmas break in good heart.

“After getting a good performance it’s a good chance for revenge pretty quickly,” he said.

“You can’t take anything for granted but we know every team we have played, barring probably Thornhill (in the Yorkshire Cup), we could have beaten. If we play as well as we did last week in the second half we can get the points.

“We were 10-4 up at half-time and could have done things better, but after that, particularly in the last half hour, we got the complete performance, doing things we’ve been practising.

“We want to build on that result. It’s about getting into the winning habit. Hopefully the lads have seen what it’s like to play good rugby and get results and hopefully we can push forward into the new year.”

Stearman is set to field a similar side although young Pete Ritchie, who was rested last week after playing the bulk of the games so far, is back in contention for a back-row berth.

In another boost, Luke Morton, who broke a leg in the first game of term, is back in training and should be fit to play in the new year.

Selby Warriors, who saw their division one game against Dodworth called off last week after their opponents folded, have a tough return to action, away to local rivals Brotherton, who have won all six of their league matches to date. Selby remain in the bottom two.

Selby Warriors ‘A’, looking to continue winning form, host Allerton Bywater in division seven.

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