Lookers sponsored South Shields Westoe travel south along the coast to Sunny Redcar this Saturday. Westoe will be aiming to continue the form from last week’s convincing win against Ponteland and to consolidate their top three position in the league.
Newly promoted Redcar appear to have struggled to adapt to Durham and North Division One; however recent results suggest they are improving week on week and may provide formidable opposition at home, narrowly losing to Horden last Saturday.
Westoe are without two of their front-row juggernauts; with both Raymie Elliott and Rob Scorer out. This gives up and coming prop Nathan Peel an opportunity to push for a permanent spot at the coal face.
Sam Gaff returns to number eight, with Joe McKenzie switching to the open side and the talented Paul Evans starting from the bench. Player-coach Graeme Smith will cover the front row again after his strong cameo appearance last week.
For the first time this season the back-line is unchanged and travelling support is likely to see some exciting play out wide. With the array of talent all along the line, Westoe can stick to the basics, remain patient and refrain from any wild panic passes. Straight running and quick support will break down any defence within the league.
The West Nautical Development team play Bishop Auckland at Wood Terrace. After a disappointing cup match last Saturday v Horden, they will be looking to put their season back on track with a strong home win.