May­field take on Hor­nets at Arena

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

SATUR­DAY 3pm and May­field get their pre-sea­son un­der way with the tough­est of tests as they face Hor­nets at the Crown Oil Arena.

This will be a great op­por­tu­nity for May­field and new coach­ing team Sam But­ter­worth and Steve Wood to see where they are in terms of prepa­ra­tion for the com­ing sea­son.

De­spite last sea­son be­ing a poor one as far as re­sults were con­cerned May­field play­ers have been picked up by pro clubs in the off sea­son like never be­fore, Paul Brear­ley and Cal­lum Og­den are tri­alling at Bat­ley with Brear­ley in par­tic­u­lar im­press­ing a lot of peo­ple, Matty Chrimes is at Don­caster and Bran­don Wood is at Hor­nets with a chance of a run out to­day.

All at May­field wish these play­ers all the very best for the fu­ture while ac­cept­ing that this will im­pact on their squad for the new sea­son.

It’s great for the club to see these play­ers go on and po­ten­tially ,move up the play­ing lad­der but these lads will leave a mas­sive hole.

But­ter­worth is hope­ful that he has the play­ers to step into the breach and that is what to­day’s game is about.

It’s a tough ask for any am­a­teur club to go up against a pro team but May­field are rel­ish­ing the chance to mea­sure their progress.

This is a friendly and But­ter­worth will use it as such with a very young squad they will be mov­ing play­ers about and try­ing out new com­bi­na­tions to see what works and what doesn’t.

They will be play­ing for the Steve Gart­land tro­phy in hon­our of lo­cal rugby leg­end ‘Garty’ who played for both clubs be­fore los­ing his bat­tle with de­pres­sion in 2016.

The game will also raise funds for the Steve Gart­land foun­da­tion which raises money for lo­cal good causes

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