Crocs seek bonus point win against their struggling visitors

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ONLY five points will do for Old Crossleyans tomorrow in their rearranged home game against rock bottom Team Northumbria (3.0).

The Broomfield men saw another opportunity drift by six days ago when they were over-powered 36-24 away to Cleckheaton, who were completing a clean sweep of wins in league games against neighbours Crocs and Brods this season.

With Brods picking up a useful bonus point at Wheatley Hills, third-from-bottom Crocs are now 11 points adrift of the Woodhead men and Morpeth, who were well beaten at leaders Billingham. Three sides are expected to be relegated.

Northumbria are having a nightmare season. It has been a tale of woe apart from a win at home to Northern and a scarcely believable draw at Cleckheaton, deductions leaving them on minus two points.

A 29-20 defeat at Gateshead last Saturday demonstrates that they are battling on manfully but Crocs skipper James Wainwright said: “They were previously walloped for three or four games on the bounce and a re-arranged match three hours from home is probably not one for them to look forward to.”

Wainwright said it was important Crocs went into the game in the right frame of mind, treating it like any other, and a bonus point for scoring four tries was very much the target.

Looking at the bigger picture, Wainwright believes the Crocs need to win four out of their last five games to have a decent chance of staying up.

“If we win three we would probably have a small chance but it is unlikely - I think we need to win four and possibly five.”

Crocs make just one change to the starting line-up which did produce some decent handling rugby at times last weekend.

Lock Chris Wood, who Wainwright thought was probably the team’s best player, is unavailable so Kev McGill starts alongside Simon Normanton.

Player-coach Chris Jones is expected to return after a knee injury at home to Wheatley Hills the following weekend.