Amateur RL: Easts out to make a point and keep pressure on leaders Lock Lane

East Leeds absentee Ben Walkin.
East Leeds absentee Ben Walkin.
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east leeds will aim to keep up the pressure on National Conference Premier Division leaders Lock Lane when they visit Thatto Heath tomorrow (2.30pm).

Easts trail Lock Lane on points difference, with both teams having won five and drawn one of their opening eight matches. By coincidence, the division’s top pair take on the bottom two tomorrow, with Thatto Heath sitting in 11th place, one clear of Lane’s hosts Wath Brow Hornets.

Easts are hampered by injuries to Ryan Gaunt, John Carter, Dave Nurse and Adam Hartley.

Ben Walkin, Lee Fisher and James Forsell are unavailable, but Jason Priestley, Jordan Normington, Gareth Hynes and Ryan Holmes are all set for a return to action. Oulton Raiders, who are third from bottom, travel to mid-table Rochdale Mayfield (2.30pm).

The Premier Division is boiling up to be a close-fought competition, with just one point separating Lock Lane from sixth-placed Siddal and Egremont Rangers only two further back, in eighth spot.

A mix-up over dates could prove costly for Hunslet Warriors, who visit Shaw Cross Sharks in Division One (2.30pm). Warriors are eighth, one place behind Shaw Cross on points difference.

Spokeswoman Pam Crosby said: “Unfortunately, several of our senior players will be missing. They were under the impression that with it being Super League’s Magic Weekend there would be no fixtures and had booked holidays, but the free weekend turned out to be last week. We did request that this weekend’s fixture be brought forward, but could not gain agreement. The young players who are coming through the ranks have done well for us so far this season and Saturday will give them further opportunity to shine.”

Prop Liam Gale faces a late fitness test, but half-back Daryl Gaunt could return.

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