Amateur RL: Unbeaten third division leaders face toughest test of season so far

Paul McShane
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UNBEATEN DIVISION Three leaders Hunslet Club Parkside will get an opportunity to measure how good they really are when they take on Premier Division high-fliers East Leeds in the National Conference Trophy second round tomorrow (2.30pm).

Parkside have swept all before them so far in their debut Conference campaign, but will face a huge challenge at home to Easts, who are fourth in the top-flight.

Coach Paul McShane – the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and former Leeds Rhinos hooker – will have to cope without captain Jamie Bradley, who is unavailable.

Adam Biscomb also misses out and Jack Carvill is sidelined by a thigh strain, but Danny Harrison, Tom Saunders, Ricky Hazelwood and Mark Holmes are all back in contention.

Easts missed an opportunity to go top of the Premier Division table when they suffered a shock defeat at bottom club Thatto Heath last week.

Tom Sheldrake is set to miss tomorrow’s tie due to a back injury and Lee Fisher and James Forsell remain on the long-term casualty list, but Dave Nurse, Dale Pattison, Ashley James and Dean Langton could all return.

Parkside’s ‘A’ team take on Moorends Thorne Marauders in a Yorkshire Men’s League curtain-raiser (12.30pm).

Also in the Conference Trophy, Hunslet Warriors of Division One visit third division Thornhill Trojans (2.30pm).

Captain Caldon Bravo and goal kicker Gary McClelland will return for Warriors and Liam Gale , Chris Hardwick and young forward Luke Powell will be hoping to shake off knocks picked up in last week’s defeat at Shaw Cross, but Chris Hartley remains on the injured list.

Oulton Raiders have no game in the Conference, but their ‘A’ team are at home to Bentley in the Yorkshire Men’s League first division (2.30pm).