Talented teenagers tempering pressure on Easts’ stretched squad

Peter Clarkson.
Peter Clarkson.
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TEENAGERS Jack Carroll and Jacob Walton are proving the value of East Leeds’ youth system.

Easts have endured some tough seasons, dropping from the National Conference’s top-flight to Division Two, but they are third in the table ahead of tomorrow’s visit of bottom side Salford City Roosters and club spokesman Peter Longbottom said: “Jack and Jacob are two 18 year olds who’ve been coming in and doing a great job.

“We’ve got a lot of players unavailable, but it just shows the value of having a good squad.”

Coach Peter Clarkson is hopeful hamstring injury victims James Forsell and Shane Punkett will be available tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in Division One tomorrow third-placed Milford Marlins travel to Normanton Knights, who are fifth.

Milford’s Kieran Webster and Dave Watmough miss out due to injury, but brothers Tom and Eddie Wilson are set to return along with in-form Andy Barker. John Elkington, Josh Parle, Steve Bacon and Matthew Brocksom will be looking to continue their impressive early-season form.

Ever-present duo Caldon Bravo and Dave Norton are unavailable for Hunslet Warriors’ trip to table-topping Underbank Rangers.

Johnny Dawson and Luke Day (broken ribs) will also miss out, but key players Darrell Forster, Phil Lythe, Daryl Gaunt and Gary McClelland could return.