Fylde Hawks welcome Preston Grasshoppers 2nds to the Woodlands today (ko 3pm). Here is Manager Ian Pearson’s preview:
On behalf of the Hawks team today, we would like to welcome Preston Grasshoppers 2nds, whom we would consider our fieriest rivals and closest friends. Preston Grasshoppers 2nds experiences this season have been very similar to the Hawks, in terms of the squad develops and results. Clearly, Chester 2nds are the stand out team in the Cotton Traders Premier League this season. Hoppers have developed a young squad this season and like the rest of the league have shown that anyone can beat any of the other teams in the league.
This will be the 4th and final game we play against Hoppers 2’s this season and the bragging rights sit with the Hawks, winning two of the three games. The aggregate scores prior to this game are Hawks 90 – 69 Hoppers 2’s.
All three games with Hoppers 2’s this season have seen lots of young talent on display and are often closely contested games, played at pace.
Several players from both sides will also be representing Lancashire U20’s tomorrow against Northumberland U20’s at Wigan RUFC, so whilst battling for the win today, will become team mates the following day. One thing that we can guarantee is that the future of Lancashire County rugby looks good and, for a preview, why not take a few moments to come and watch the game.
After today’s game, we have two home fixtures remaining and your continued support will be most welcome.
Ian Pearson (Hawks Manager)
The Hawks squad is:
15 Max Eaves; 14 Dom Knowles, 13 Sam Huxley, 12 Daniel Jones, 11 Jordan MacLaughlin; 10 Henry Pearson, 9 Kyle Macauley; 1 Adam Joyner, 2 Blake Wilkinson, 3 Ben Gill, 4 Karl Capstick, 5 Gregor Aitken (c), 6 Andy Stevens, 7 Tom Steer, 8 Scott Bowerman.
16 Tom Fox, 17 Jay Bairstow, 18 Jack McCutcheon.
Fylde Saracens take their party bus to Kirkby Lonsdale 2nds today still needing two or three wins from their last four games to keep clear of relegation trouble. The home team are in 5th place in Division One whilst the Sarries are in 7th. Their squad is:
15 Steven Billy James; 14 Matt Worsnip, 13 Tom Hodgkins, 12 Karl Etherington, 11 Tristan Assad; 10 David William Reed, 9 Iain Hollingsworth; 1 Richard Frith, 2 Rupert Cobain, 3 George Cook, 4 Adam Hiles, 5 Jay, 6 Richard Appleyard, 7 Jimmy Lord, 8 Jamie Griffin.
Fylde Vandals are also at the Woodlands where they entertain Vale of Lune 4ths (ko 3pm). The Vandals are in 7th place in Division 4 (North) whilst Vale are 11th.
Good luck to everyone in the claret, gold & white hoops!