Amateur RL: Ex-Rams reserve set for Warriors’ home debut

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HUNSLET WARRIORS begin their home campaign – after two away wins and a draw – in National Conference Division One tomorrow against second-bottom Shaw Cross Sharks, who have yet to pick up a point.

Warriors will give a debut to ex-Drighlington forward Jenson Okhovat, who has also played for Dewsbury Rams’ reserves.

Dwayne Barker and Dale Bateson are back in contention, but Johnny Dawson and Luke Pennington are unavailable due to work commitments.

Oulton Raiders will aim to make it five wins from five at home to bottom club Millom.

Danny Stanley, Rob Stanley and Chris Hope will all return, but Tommy Griffiths (back injury), Josh Lancaster (hand) and Andy Williamson (unavailable) miss out.

Oulton’s ‘A’ team begin their season away to Normanton Knights ‘A’ (2.30pm) and, on Sunday, the women’s side visit Leigh Miners Ladies (2pm) and the Masters face Leeds Masters at West Leeds (1pm).

Another unbeaten side, East Leeds, visit Thatto Heath, who have won all four so far, tomorrow.

Lee Priestley (leg) and John Carter (shoulder) are both injury doubts, but Lee Fisher, Shane Plunkett and Rhys Kilbride could fill the gap.

Milford Marlins travel to Skirlaugh. In-form prop Eddie Wilson is available after holiday, but Marlins have doubts over Dwaine McRae (shoulder), Adam Kelly and James Barker. Robin Wilkes has a broken thumb and top try scorer Tom Barnes is unavailable.

Division Two leaders Hunslet Club Parkside will be out to extend their 100 per cent record to four games when they play host to Askam tomorrow.

Kieran Murphy (knee) and Jack Carvill (shoulder) picked up injuries in last week’s 70-6 demolition of Blackbrook and have joined Pat Banks (arm) and Craig Miles (knee) on the casualty list. Jamie Bradley is an injury doubt, so Ben Thorpe and Ryan Campbell could be called up.

Hunslet’s under-14s will face French side St Martin de Crau in a curtain-raiser (12.15pm). The reserves begin their season at Milford Marlins (2.30pm).

Stanningley are away to Salford City Roosters tomorrow in Conference Division Two and Thornhill Trojans visit Stanley Rangers. National Conference fixtures are due to kick-off at 2.30pm.

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