Crocs bid to take next step

OLD Crossleyans head to Percy Park in North One East boosted by their first win of the season at home to Gateshead.

Chris Jones’s side are third from bottom while tomorrow’s hosts are ninth with an even record after four games, having lost by two points at Old Brodleians last week.

Crocs skipper James Wainwright, who may return on the bench tomorrow after a knee injury, said all trips to the north east were tough but he was optimistic.

“We had Percy Park down as strong promotion candidates but they have lost twice and last week let a seemingly unassailable lead slip at the Brods, so it may not be as difficult as we thought,” he said.

Last week it was the turn of the Crocs’ forwards to shine and the backs to struggle. It had been the other way round in the previous week’s home defeat by Old Brodleians and Wainwright is hoping both units can click tomorrow.

“We were a lot more competitive in the forwards with Ryan Hammond returning but the backs made more errors than they had against the Brods,” said Wainwright.

“We need to get both elements right.”

Ed Cockroft is expected to make a rare appearance tomorrow. He is studying in the north east and may register for Crocs’ divisional rivals Team Northumbria, who he trained with last season before picking up an injury. He fills in at scrum half with Will Brian now at university.

Rory Davis is working so Bodge Sembi comes in at hooker and ex-Old Rishworthians player Jez Rollins starts at blind side for the unavailable Manny Riaz.