MARK SOWERBY is sending a reduced squad of 22 to Chester tomorrow for Huddersfield RU’s second pre-season run-out as the countdown begins for the new campaign in National III North.
In just seven days time the Lockwood Park club will visit Fylde for their first-ever game in the National League and Sowerby, Huddersfield’s director of rugby, is keen to ensure his side are prepared for the step up.
“Last week’s run-out at Beverley was ‘useful’, but at times it became a bit manic, and now we are looking for something a bit more structured, so I’m wanting the lads to be a lot more focused against Chester,” said Sowerby.
“Damian Clayton is back from honeymoon and will start in his usual role at scrum half, while Tom Ainsworth, who played very well in the position at Beverley, is given a run-out at full-back.
“We’ve done a few things differently with new assistant coach Glen Wilson and the line-outs went really well last week so we just want to steady the ship a little.
“We got the win last week (17-14) but that wasn’t really important, and neither is the result tomorrow, although of course, another win will give the lads a bit more confidence, which is always a good thing to have.
“One or two of the boys may be a bit wary about playing at the next level up, but I’ve told them when you win promotion twice in three seasons, you must be a decent side.
“I’ve told them I want us to be a team that is hard to beat!”
Huddersfield Senior Academy side are in action on Sunday, when they play host to Nuneaton (2.00).
Last season they lost to Nuneaton in the National Cup so will be looking to redress the balance.