Leek Preview

By David Wilkinson

 

Having averted last week’s potential banana-skin, the boys in blue, or white today, face another one against the Moorlanders from Leek. Leek have slipped into the relegation zone and will be battling for points of any kind, whilst the Macc lads cannot afford to drop a point, or it’s all over as far as promotion goes. It will be what it will be, and in the meantime we have the challenge of Leek to face, coached by non-the-less than Andy Appleyard. It will be a strange day for Apps, whilst his job as General Manager here brings him to Priory Park every day, I doubt that he ever visualised himself in the opposition dug-out; and I know that when he went to help out at Leek in Staffordshire, he never expected to end up back in North West One.

There are a few changes to selection; this is what Head Coach, Darren Lamond, had to say: “It’s another local derby day, and Leek will be desperate for points, and will play hard to get a bonus. I think they’ll fancy a niggling game and look to frustrate us. It’s a rest week for Samir Tahraoui and Sammy Adu, ahead of the Blackburn game; Tom Burden is unavailable and Josh DeGroot is injured, with Charlie Attis making way on the bench for Winger Jamie Harrison, who joins the squad from Sedgley Park, where he has been a prolific try-scorer; Haydn Keogh, gets the nod this week, and Toby Moule keeps his spot; it’s great to see Elliot Alston and Tom Jennings back in after a period in the 2s, both are looking forward to taking the opportunity”.

Your team for Saturday’s 3.00 pm kick-off is: 1. Dan Percival, 2. Ollie Longmore, 3. James Cross, 4. Rhys Davies, 5. Harry Harding, 6. Elliot Alston 7. Phil Laing, 8. James Oliver – Captain, 9. Dan Martin, 10. Tom Morton, 11. Terence Babarinsa, 12. Harry Blackwell, 13. Harry Oliver, 14. Toby Moule, 15. Tom Jennings, 16. Simeon Meek, 17. Haydn Keogh, 18. Jamie Harrison.

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