Crocs seeking hat-trick

OLD Crossleyans go to Sheffield tomorrow looking to maintain their improved North One East form with a third win in a row.

The Broomfield men showed great determination to hold off a powerful Malton and Norton side last week and they now turn their attentions to the other side promoted from Yorkshire One last season.

Sheffield have an even record after losing by one point at Brods six days ago and Crocs skipper James Wainwright is hoping for another away win to supplement the one at Team Northumbria 13 days ago.

“We’ll go there pretty confident after two good wins,” he said. “We’re starting to perform after a slow start. We’ve got a few bodies back and our new lads are getting used to playing at this level,” he said.

One of the newcomers, Irish lock James Kavanagh, is in London this weekend so Simon Normanton moves forward and Jez Rollins gets a start in the back row.

Rob Oliver, now based in Hull with the Army, returns to the club on the bench.

Crocs have the same backs available but are keen for Jack Hammond, who didn’t get off the bench last week, to play a part.

Wainwright said the increased competition for places was pushing up standards. He pointed to the improved form of Joe Baker as an example, the winger having taken his try tally to six last Saturday.

Halifax welcome unbeaten Harrogate Pythons (3.0) in a confident mood.

Pythons have only dropped points to third-placed Hemsworth in a 15-15 draw a few weeks ago and lie second.

High scoring Halifax have climbed to sixth on the back of a four-match unbeaten run. They put away fifth-placed Ossett 30-25 last weekend.

Their improvement will now be tested against the top two with a fixture against leaders Leeds Medics to follow.

There was another great performance from the backs last Saturday but much work is needed on the set pieces.

The pack is strengthened by Stuart Hill, Luke Sturman and Iain Morris, who plays at hooker with Johnny Greenwood providing cover off the bench.

Halifax Dukes, currently fourth, are at Old Otliensians seconds.