Crossleyans seek elusive away victory

OLD Crossleyans skipper James Wainwright reckons his side will need at least one upset win on the road to beat the drop - and tomorrow would be the ideal time to get it.

The Broomfield men, who currently occupy the anticipated third relegation position, travel to seventh-placed Malton and Norton.

Crocs have a dismal away record but North Yorkshire isn’t one of the longer trips and winger Wainwright believes they have a line-up capable of coming out on top.

He said: “Malton and Norton are having a pretty decent season but we beat them at home and we are a bit stronger so it is not an impossible task.

“It was pretty much 10-man rugby that they played down at our place and we would be pretty confident of matching them up front.”

Crocs have eight games left and while a re-arranged match with Team Northumbria looks a home banker, they also have to face some of the top sides.

“It would be nice to win on Saturday when we are not expected to,” added Wainwright.

Although they haven’t played since the 26-3 defeat at Middlesbrough three weeks ago, Crocs have kept on the move at Park Lane High School.

Player-coach Chris Jones is a doubt for tomorrow with a shoulder injury sustained in training and lock James Kavanagh has returned home to Ireland temporarily.

However, Crocs are not short of options. Simon Normanton gets the nod at lock, alongside Chris Wood, with Kev McGill having to settle for a place on the bench with prop Mark Palmer.

If Jones is unable to partner Neil Richardson in midfield, there will be a reshuffle with Jack Hammond moving in off the wing and Joe Baker coming into the starting line-up.

Ryan Hammond returns from suspension at No 8 alongside Manny Riaz and Danny Booth.