YORK RUFC face a tricky return to action tomorrow when they host North Premier promotion-contenders Preston Grasshoppers.

Third-placed in the table, Preston are hunting a return to National 2, from where they were relegated in 2019/20, and are making a decent fist of it.

Preston have garnered 51 points this season from their 10 wins - the last of which came four weeks ago, before the Christmas break - putting them eight points behind perfect table-toppers Otley.

York’s most recent game came three weeks ago, when they drew 15-15 at Kirkby Lonsdale, two points which put them seventh in the 14-team table.

And the Clifton Park outfit will be looking to avenge their 32-9 defeat at Preston earlier in the season when they kick off at 3pm today.

With the score at 12-9 to Preston, it was a tight game come half-time, but a quick try soon after the restart and a serious leg injury to Rob Hodges all but put paid to York’s second-half challenge.

York again have to make multiple changes to the team, which has been a common theme in recent weeks and has affected the team’s cohesion.

Good news for York, though, is the number of experienced players who are making their returns.

Meanwhile York’s second team travel to Driffield in Yorkshire RFU Premiership.

York’s team for Saturday (3pm): Eddie Westaby, Ross White, Kyle Consterdine, Archie Fothergill, Joe Maud, Freddie Smith, Joe Simpson, Shane Goulding, Toby Atkin, Declan Cusack, Joe Baker, Tom Woffendin, George Davies, Sam Taylor, Liam Hessay, John Aikman, Will Kinnersley, Ben Dyson-Dent.

In North One East, Malton & Norton host third-placed Heath (2.15pm) and 10th-placed Pocklington welcome 11th-placed Morley.

Selby travel to Roundhegians in Yorkshire One while in Yorkshire Four (North West), Nestle Rowntree host Leeds Modernians and York RI host Leeds Medics & Dentists.