ONE unbeaten record will end when York Acorn ARLC visit Ince Rose Bridge on Saturday - and Blue and Golds boss Scott Rhodes is confident it won’t be theirs.

The Wiganers have won all three games this term, while Acorn maintained their undefeated start when coming from 34-6 down at relegated Skirlaugh only to concede a late try in an astonishing 42-42 draw.

Rhodes admits his side need to start games better, especially on the road, but expects them to do so this week after last Saturday’s madness.

“I was disappointed with how we started. Skirlaugh played well but we never got out of the blocks and were poor in lots of areas, which is different to our first two games,” he said.

“I think the first 20 minutes of any match are so important and we’ve been working on that.

“The second half showed what we can do. Some of our attacking play was absolutely fantastic and we should really have won in the end.”

Nick Speck (bicep) could be set for a spell on the sidelines but prop Davey Burns is available again, while Matthew Woods and Gareth Singleton are again in contention, unlucky to miss out last week.

Added Rhodes: “We’ve struggled away from home a bit and have struggled at Ince Rose Bridge in recent years, but I’m confident especially if we can continue playing some of that really good stuff.”

Meanwhile, Heworth will switch to the Yorkshire Men’s League this term, it has been confirmed.

The Press this week reported the shock news that the Villagers had withdrawn from the National Conference League just one game into the season, citing a lack of playing strength.

They are founder members and inaugural champions of that league - the elite competition in amateur rugby league - and have a rich history in the game but have spent the last few years struggling at the wrong end of the bottom tier, division three. They lost their season opener 48-10 at home to Dewsbury Moor Maroons, with last Saturday’s game against Woolston Rovers being postponed.

The club’s ‘A’ team was already registered to play in the Yorkshire Men’s League, which kicks off in early April, and spokesman Ken Sykes confirmed their first team would now take up that place - in a division comprising NCL ‘A’ teams - with the second string now playing in the league’s entry division for development teams.

He said: “It’s unfortunate but we’re not at the level we need to be at (for the NCL). We’ve hung in there for a few seasons, but we think we now have to take a step backward before we can move forward.

“We need to recruit a few more or get a few players back.”

One issue for the club is that, after last year’s under-16s folded, the oldest juniors at Elm Park Way are now the U13s, so, while lots of the old U18s now play open-age, there is a break in the production line.

“We’re not looking at an immediate return as it will take a few years to rebuild,” added Sykes.

“It’s a combination of factors that have left us where we are.

“We’re trying to be positive and move forward the best way we can.”

* YORK Lokomotive’s sporting lunch on Sunday - which has charismatic Salford Red Devils chairman Dr Marwan Koukash as guest speaker - is sold out.

The multi-millionaire Israeli-born racehorse magnate, who has some of his horses based with Ryedale trainer Richard Fahey, has repeatedly hit rugby league head - lines since taking over the Super League club in 2013.

He also named some of his racehorses after famous rugby league figures, such as Brian Noble and Rangi Chase.

The sporting lunch, which also comprises a comedian, auction and raffle, is at the Park Inn in York, starting at 1pm.