‘Still long way to go’ as Lokos heat up title race

Simon Moat

Simon Moat

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THE dream is still alive for York Lokomotive ARLC as they search for the club's first-ever silverware.

Last Saturday's 28-24 victory over title rivals Shaw Cross Sharks 'A' kept them in the hunt with three games left of the Yorkshire Men's League group 'A' season, moving into a three-way tie for the lead with Shaw Cross and Bradford Dudley Hill 'A'.

Lokos boss Simon Moat heralded his team's performance but insists there is still a long way to go as they face a tough challenge this weekend welcoming fourth-placed Normanton Knights 'A' to New Lane (2.30pm).

"It's going to be a tough game and they're going to provide a very physical challenge and we must match them," he said.

More casualties emerged from Saturday's victory as Jon Hough, the former head coach who was on his first outing this term, and Tom Gargan joined Matt Turner on the injury list. Turner remains sidelined with broken ribs.

Moat is confident in the depth of his squad to overcome the injuries, though, with several players ready to step up. Young prop Jamie Price, Danny Lee and Matty Richardson are in contention and Ed Hampshire might be fit despite hamstring trouble last week.

"The squad is really good and really working hard," added Moat. "They are pushing for places and I am very confident with who is going to fill the spaces."

Following the clash with Normanton, the Lokos have a week off until they face Castleford Panthers 'A' on August 29. Moat hopes all his crocks will be fit for that one.

Meanwhile, Heworth 'A' can do Lokos a favour on Saturday as they host Dudley Hill (2.30pm) targeting an upset.

YML premier division side York Acorn 'A' travel to title-chasing West Hull Lions after hosting Kippax last night.

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