OLD Crossleyans skipper James Wainwright has set his side a target of at least three wins in the run up to Christmas starting with tomorrow’s home North One East clash with Durham City.
Crocs are embroiled in a relegation scrap and Wainwright has targeted this weekend’s clash as a must win game as he looks to guide the team away from trouble.
The Broomfield outfit played well with no reward against Wheatley Hills last Saturday and that is something Wainwright is keen to address.
“We performed creditably but we got nothing from the game,” he said. “It is getting to the stage now where we have to start winning games starting with Durham.
“We have an important run of games coming up between now and Christmas and I am looking to target three or four wins in that time.”
Wainwright is pleased to welcome back Neil Richardson at inside centre after three weeks out with a shoulder injury while Danny Booth comes back into the back row with Chris Jones and Will Clayton occupying places on the bench.
Naz Sembi is unavailable so James Cooper will start at hooker with Andrew Wills coming into the front row.
OLD Brodleians coach Ian Armitage will be looking for his side to arrest their slump in form when they face the difficult prospect of a home clash with North One East leaders Billingham (2.15).
The Woodhead men have lost five of their last seven games - the latest being the 37-15 defeat at Durham City last weekend - and find themselves ninth in the table.
By contrast Billingham have designs on returning to National League rugby and have won nine of their 11 games to date.
Armitage will be boosted by the return of Ollie Akroyd in the back row, although captain Luke Scrimshaw, Lee Scrimshaw, Ryan Harris and Rob Jennings may require late fitness tests.
Dave Skinner is a few weeks from fitness with a shoulder injury so the front row of Jonjo Ward, Perry Wilson and Dom Cooper could be given the nod. Jamie McLaughlin is also available.
Ollie Hawkins, who has captained the side in Scrimshaw’s absence, went off with a dead leg last week but should be fit while Chris Hartley, Kyle Millward and James Dale should retain their places in the back row.
Centre James Marshall suffered a hamstring strain against Durham but the injury is not as serious as first feared and he will be pushing for a place.