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Bradford & Bingley bid to turn possession into points
Henry Paul is seeking greater penetration from his side as Bradford & Bingley make the long trip to Percy Park in National League Three North on Saturday.
The Bees were held to a 29-29 draw at home to Penrith last weekend and could be missing a number of players through injury for the visit to the north-east.
Kirk Arundale is out with a groin injury and director of rugby Paul will assess several other players carrying bumps and bruises.
The former Bulls star said: “We had a good win against Percy Park towards the end of last season and will be aiming to repeat that this weekend.
“We had a lot of possession against Penrith but it’s about turning all those phases into tries and that means finding a greater penetration. That’s our aim on Saturday.”
Cleckheaton host Alnwick in North One East and should be close to full-strength for the first time this season.
Fixtures secretary Alan Bentley, whose side won 18-7 at Sheffield last week, said: “Coming back into the team is assistant coach Rob Afoa Peterson and Lee Queeley returns in the centres after two games out injured.
“We need to use him as much as we can because he goes off on RAF duty again in November, so we’ve got him for a short time.
“Martin Woodhead makes only his second appearance and has been playing rugby league for Shaw Cross in the National Conference.
“He will start on the bench so we’re more or less at full-strength, with the exception of Ryan Piercy in the second row, who is unavailable this week.
“We know very little of Alnwick, other than the fact they were champions of Durham-Northumberland One last year.
“We played them many years ago and they were one of the most hospitable clubs we have come across.
“We’ll try to reciprocate that hospitality on Saturday because it’s a very long journey for them and we’ll make sure we look after them after the match – hopefully following a bonus-point win.”
Bradford Salem travel to Leodiensian after four straight wins, having des-troyed Knottingley 36-10 at home last weekend.
Manager Neil Klenk said: “Obviously we will be looking for another positive result this weekend.
“The most noticeable change is that Danny Belcher returns at full back in place of Ian Clayton.
“Our regular scrum half, Matt Child, is in Dublin this weekend and therefore unavailable, so we have brought in a safe pair of hands in Terry Franklyn.
“Dave Howcroft will come on to the bench and should make his first appearance of the season.
“We’ll be starting with former Bees openside flanker Joe Fawcett and Rhys Green starts on the bench.”
Keighley seek to end a run which has seen them lose their first four games when they travel to Old Brodleians in Yorkshire One.
Baildon have the same record in Yorkshire Two but will have hopes of improvement at fellow strugglers Old Rishworthians.
Old Grovians host Thornensians in Yorkshire Three, while Wibsey welcome Thirsk in Yorkshire Five.
Keighley (at Old Brodleians): R Wilkinson; L Kelly, M Ferrazzano, B Blackwell, A Horsfall; D McGee, I Woodwiss; C Spencer, C Dyson, M Hagyard, D Iliff, J Walker, L Sugden, S Minikin, S Inman. Reps: T Lowther, J Hannah, D Smith.
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