AFTER getting off the mark last week with a first Yorkshire League win of the season, YMCA coach Carl Thewlis is calling for the same again tomorrow when his side visit the North East to take on Redcar.
The Laund Hill side scored 36 unanswered second-half points against Keighley, and Thewlis wants to see another free-flowing display as they bid to move up the table after a poor start to the new campaign.
“Redcar transferred across from the Northumberland and Durham division and I’m expecting them to be very strong up front, which will suit us, as we play better against a pack that tests us,” said Thewlis.
“Our back row is now starting to gel, which makes the second and third phase ball more secure, and obviously gives our back division more chance to get into the game and convert possession into tries.
“We’ll be starting with the same side who put up such a good display in the second half last week, and hope we can again run up the points.”
Stuart Morton is now back in training, and will probably get a run in the Seconds this week, but with young Gavin Stead playing so well at centre, alongside Dave Rees, there are no automatic starting places for anyone.
“We’re still without skipper James Bracken, but replacement Craig Coulson did a good job when he came in, and will retain his place.”
The match at Redcar has been brought forward to a 12.30 kick-off to accommodate England’s televised World Cup quarter-final tie against Australia.
YMCA: Belton; Franks, Rees, Stead, Ryder, Williams, Wolfe; Van Niekirk, Joblin, Dobson, Whitehead, Pearson, Coulson, Anderson, Walker. Subs: Travis, Dyke.