HEMSWORTH RUFC head coach Mark Wilson admits Saturday’s crunch clash with Harrogate Pythons could shape who wins promotion from Yorkshire Division Four this season.
The Quarry Lane club travel to North Yorkshire leading their hosts in second only on points scoring difference.
Both teams have won ten, drawn one and lost two of their thirteen league matches so far this season.
That draw came when the sides met at Hemsworth’s Quarry Lane base in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, a game that finished 15-15.
Hemsworth’s convincing 22-5 win over Ossett on Saturday helped maintain their spot in second.
But defeat in Harrogate would give the Pythons the edge over Hemsworth - something Wilson is looking to avoid.
“It’s a massive game and the biggest of our season at the moment,” he said.
“Potentially, if we win this game the second promotion spot is there for us to take.”
He continued: “I’d be happy to take a draw.
“A win would be great and we’ll be going there knowing we can get a win but to avoid defeat and take some points from the game would please me.
“They’re a well organised a tough side to play against, we know that from the game at our place, and they’ve got a great player in their ranks who used to play for London Irish so he’s someone we’ll need to keep an eye on.”
Rob Taylor is set to return to the Hemsworth squad after serving a suspension, while Lewis Thompson could feature for the second week in a row.
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