Hemsworth target points to top the table at season’s halfway point

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HEAD coach Mark Wilson is hoping his in-form Hemsworth RUFC side can reach the halfway point of their Yorkshire Division Four campaign at the top of the table.

The Moxon Fields side are joint-top alongside Leeds Medics and Dentists, who lead on points difference, and Harrogate Pythons.

But with Medics hosting Pythons this Saturday and Hemsworth hosting lowly Knaresborough, there’s every chance Wilson’s men could be leading the way.

Hemsworth would need a victory and for Harrogate to beat Leeds, unless Hemsworth better Leeds’s winning margin by more than 30 points, to take top spot in the league table going into the second half of the season.

“We want to go out against Knaresborough and get the bonus point,” said Wilson.

“It’d be nice for the lads to be sitting at the top of the table after the halfway point of the season.

“Leeds [Medics and Dentists] have got Harrogate so there’s every chance that could happen.

“Going for the victory on Saturday is the main thing for us but we know we can go out there and get the bonus point too.”

Knaresborough are struggling in tenth in the table but won their last league game 20-16 over Mosborough.

Hemsworth will be favourites to pick up maximum points but Wilson won’t be taking Saturday’s opponents lightly.

“They’re a big and powerful pack and they’ll be tough in the scrummage,” he said.

“We’ve picked a big and mobile pack to try and deal with that, and we’ll be looking to run around them and get that win and bonus point.”

Hemsworth will be without the influential Joe Thompson through work commitments, while Rob Taylor is away on holiday.

It means Dave Gorton will play at fly-half and Aaron Winks and Matt Jordan will play on the wing.

Fly-half Matt Lowe will continue his return to full action with a place as a replacement.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.