Crocs due a win against Ponte

OLD CROSSLEYANS are looking for a solid home win against bogey side Pontefract tomorrow (2.15) to halt their slide in North One East.

The Broomfield men have lost to Driffield and Percy Park in their two games since the long spell of inactivity and now head a cluster of five teams who are clear of bottom club Hartlepool Rovers.

Pontefract are immediately below Crocs and skipper Jamie Wainwright said tomorrow's game was a must-win fixture for his side.

"We really have to target winning the home games against the teams around us," he said.

"But we are not starting to panic yet - we have plenty of home games to come against the lower sides and we have still Hartlepool Rovers to play twice."

Pontefract snatched a 27-25 win in the first meeting this season, courtesy of a last-gasp try converted from the touchline, to continue a successful sequence against the Crocs.

"We must have lost the last six games to them by one or two points," said Wainwright.

"We owe them more than one."

Crocs were forced into a major backs reshuffle last week when Chris Jones had to withdraw due to illness.

They had several other absentees and Wainwright said the side played better the 41-12 scoreline at Percy Park suggested.

While player-coach Jones is expected to return at stand off tomorrow, lock Chris Wood is still out and prop Mark Palmer and back rowers Manny Riaz and Tom Earle are injury doubts.

Will Travis has returned to university so Wainwright will revert to scrum half and Leigh Thomas continues at fullback with experienced Chris Seymour unavailable this week.

Joe Baker will fill one wing berth with either Adam Wheel or Tom Hammond on the other flank.

More weekend rugby union previews in Friday's Courier