Dalemen aim to enjoy visit to YMCA

Coach Rhys Morgan Picture: ruggerpix.com

Coach Rhys Morgan Picture: ruggerpix.com

First published in Sport Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Weeklies Sports Editor

Ilkley have plenty of reasons for wanting to win Saturday’s Yorkshire Shield clash at Huddersfield YMCA.

Firstly, they want to avenge the 30-29 Yorkshire One defeat they suffered there in the opening game of the season after leading 29-10.

Then they need to erase the bitter memory of last week’s dismal 17-13 defeat at Dinning- ton.

And if those are not good enough motivating factors, there’s the expectations of the coach-load of supporters who are hoping to cheer them to victory.

Coach Rhys Morgan said: “It is an important game in more ways than one.

“We all enjoyed the thrill of playing at Twickenham last season in the National Intermediate Cup final and this is a stepping stone towards getting back there.

“The Shield winners represent Yorkshire so we are wanting to do well, but it won’t be easy.”

Ilkley are likely to be without a number of key players for the match.

The experience back row duo of Ollie Renton and Alastair Monks – who both missed the Dinnington defeat – are expected to be unavailable and there is also a doubt over stand off Mike Cacchia.

On the plus side, winger Mark Kirkby is back training and in line to return.

Morgan added: “We will need to give careful consideration to selection because this is an important match. I am anxious for us to do well in this competition.”

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