Jones signs off after six years at Crocs

It might be a tall order to expect Old Crossleyans to send their player-coach Chris Jones out with a win tomorrow.

Jones plays his final game for the club away to North One East champions Beverley, who will be looking to put on a show for their fans before receiving the silverware.

That could spell trouble for the Broomfield men who have generally been below their best recently, although they did manage a win over Malton and Norton last week.

The Broomfield club are on the lookout for a replacement for Jones, who has called time on his two or three trips a week from his St Helens home due to work and family commitments.

Jones played under Jonathan Davies in his first couple of seasons with the Crocs but was then given the reins and skipper James Wainwright said he would be remembered for the open brand of rugby he had developed at the club.

Jones is also a very talented player in numerous positions and he shows his versatility by playing at No 8 tomorrow.

“He has done a great job for us and we will be trying to give him a good send off with a decent performance,” said Wainwright.

Jones was man of the match on his 100th appearance last week, he and Jack Hammond scoring tries in the last five minutes as Crocs turned a 7-0 deficit into a 12-7 victory.

Crocs are without lock Kevin McGill, so Raman Sembi switches to that role with Manny Riaz coming into the back row.

Gareth Ott is another absentee so the reliable Chris Seymour is expected to take the stand off role.

Ryan Hammond and Chris Wheale are likely to be among the replacements.

Old Brodleians entertain Dinnington in their final Yorkshire One game of the season tomorrow and will be looking to respond after last week’s mauling.

John Cole’s men were caned 55-5 at Intermediate Cup finalists Bridlington, who ran in nine tries against the injury-ravaged men from Woodhead.

Brods need a couple more points to be absolutely safe. Barnsley are sure to fill one of the bottom two places and Knottingley need bonus point wins from their last three games to have a chance of catching the Woodhead men.

Cole has set a target of 50 points and victory over the ninth-placed club tomorrow would give them that.

Brods are hoping for reinforcements tomorrow but long-serving prop Jamie McLaughlin is a doubt with a recurring shoulder problem

A lacklustre first 40 minutes from Brods meant that they were on the receiving end of a hammering last weekend.

On Sunday, the Colts travel to Huddersfield for their Yorkshire Cup quarter final tie.