HEMSWORTH RUFC are targeting a place back in the top two of Yorkshire Division 4 this weekend when they host Old Grovians (kick-off 3pm).
Mark Wilson’s men are looking to achieve promotion this season and victory this weekend is vital if they’re to play Yorkshire Division 3 rugby next term.
The Moxon Fields side sit two points off second-placed Harrogate Pythons, with a better point-scoring difference, going into the weekend with four games remaining.
Saturday’s clash with Grovians will provide Hemsworth with their biggest obstacle between now and the end of the season and Wilson is expecting a tough encounter.
“They’re a fit side with some talented players,” he said.
“It’s a big week for the league and this is the toughest game we have left so to win it would be fantastic.”
Hemsworth closed the gap on Harrogate at the weekend thanks to success at Mosborough, coupled with the Pythons’ defeat against Halifax.
Harrogate will be expected to collect winning points at Ossett this weekend, however, and Hemsworth will need to at least match their points return to stay in the chase for the top-two. They edged out Grovians 18-17 in the reverse clash earlier in the season.
Dan Snowden, brought in from Hemsworth’s 2nd team, was Hemsworth’s man of the match at Mosborough and he, and Lee Taylor, will keep their places this weekend.
Gavin Sykes is also set to return after being sidelined through concussion, while Guy Picketts will be part of the squad and new arrival Neil Clarke could feature. Dale Joburns will hope to recover from a chest infection.
Hemsworth’s Yorkshire Shield clash with Redcar has also been confirmed for Saturday, March 17 at Moxon Fields.
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