Changes as Field take on the lead­ers

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

and, de­spite the changes, it is still a strong team we are putting out.”

Field should be en­cour­aged, too, by the fact Stour­bridge de­feated Luc­to­ni­ans by only five points when they played a month ago, win­ning 30-25 on home soil.

The West Mid­lands club boast some fine fa­cil­i­ties at Stour­ton Park – where they played top-flight na­tional rugby for 11 sea­sons and fin­ished third in 2008 – and they have a ca­pac­ity of 3,500.

They are now in their sixth sea­son back in Na­tional II (Level 4), but have made a per­fect start and picked up six bonus points.

For Field, Bat­tye is not the only player nurs­ing a shoul­der in­jury, as Ben Hoyle and Adam Blades are still side­lined with sim­i­lar prob­lems.

There was more en­cour­ag­ing news for Field, how­ever, in that cen­tre Mark Pease re­turned to train­ing this week after an­kle surgery in pre­sea­son.

Hud­der­s­field: Lewis Work­man, Bran­don Con­way, Will Mil­ner, Tom Owen, El­liot Knight, Jonny West, Joel Hinch­liffe, Adam Ta­ma­nis, Frances En­tres­sen­gle (cap­tain), Reuben Pol­lard, Adam Malt­house, Nick Sharpe, Ben Mor­rill, Lewis Bradley, Richard Piper. Re­place­ments: Cal­lum Thomp­son, De­clan Thomp­son, Joey Carly, Danny Grainger, Sam Nunn. HUD­DER­S­FIELD have con­ceded the York­shire Cup tie against Driffield due to be played at Lock­wood Park to­mor­row.

That’s be­cause, with the first XV away to Stour­bridge in Na­tional II North and a lengthy in­jury list, Field could not raise a sec­ond XV to ful­fil the fix­ture.

While Austen Thomp­son is un­avail­able this week­end, Field are also with­out their three dual reg­is­tra­tion play­ers from York­shire Carnegie – Harry Davey, Ol­lie Fox and Rian Hamil­ton.

Davey was named Na­tional II North player of the week for his dis­play at fly half in the 32-15 home vic­tory over Luc­to­ni­ans last week.

Skip­per Alex Bat­tye and fel­low for­wards Ben Hoyle and Adam Blades are all side­lined by shoul­der in­juries and ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre Mark Pease is just re­turn­ing to train­ing after an­kle surgery.

In ad­di­tion, Field have lost one of their home-grown tal­ents in Luke Booth, who has set off to Aus­tralia for a year.

Booth – who has come through the ranks at Lock­wood Park, play­ing for the Academy and the three se­nior sides – has also played in­ter­na­tion­ally at Aussie Rules.

Mean­while, front row for­ward Reuben Pol­lard has been named Hud­der­s­field’s player of the month for Septem­ber.

Dar­ren Neilly took the award in the Falcons (sec­ond XV) and Iain Shel­ton in the A team.

Alex Lee was Academy player of the month. ■■Hud­der­s­field YMCA have no fix­ture in North I East this week­end, but the sec­ond XV are at home to Wath Upon Dearne, kick­ing off at Laund Hill at 3pm. Stour­bridge .............................................. Tynedale ..................................................... Sale FC ......................................................... South Le­ices­ter ..................................... Sed­g­ley Park ............................................ Hinck­ley ...................................................... Luc­to­ni­ans ................................................ Le­ices­ter Li­ons ....................................... HUD­DER­S­FIELD ....................................... Ch­ester ........................................................ Ot­ley .............................................................. Mac­cles­field ............................................. Sh­effield Tigers ..................................... Wharfedale ............................................... Blay­don ....................................................... Sh­effield ..................................................... Pen­rith ......................................................... West Leeds ............................................... Mor­peth ...................................................... Al­nwick ........................................................ Driffield ....................................................... Bridling­ton ................................................ Percy Park ................................................. Brad­ford & Bin­g­ley .............................. Cleck­heaton ............................................. HUD­DER­S­FIELD YMCA ........................ Mal­ton & Nor­ton .................................... West Hartlepool ..................................... North­ern .................................................... Din­ning­ton ................................................

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