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Wharfedale call-ups for Luke Cole and young scrum half Jimmy Bullough
Buy this photo Hooker Luke Cole will start against Blaydon
Wharfedale will be hoping to secure their first SSE National League One home win of 2014 when they tackle Blaydon on Saturday.
The two sides have both lost their last five matches and share bottom spot in the current form table, so something has to give when they meet at The Avenue, where the Greens have also been beaten on their last five outings.
The visitors are already safe from the threat of relegation on 66 points but Wharfedale, on 61 points, still have work to do.
There is certainly plenty of incentive for Wharfedale to end their dismal run – such as revenge for the 51-14 defeat they suffered at Blaydon in October.
Coach Jon Feeley refuses to get bogged down in statistics or worry about the improving form of many of the teams below Wharfedale in the table.
He said: “We must focus only on the things we can control. We have to get our own minds and work on our own game.
“There are six games to go and I see that as six opportunities to win. If we do our bit then there is no need to worry about what anybody else is doing.”
Two young players who made their mark in last Saturday’s 54-15 Yorkshire Cup win over Cleckheaton are given their chance.
Luke Cole is preferred at hooker, while, on the bench, scrum half Jimmy Bullough, scorer of two tries last weekend, comes in to understudy Philip Woodhead.
Exciting young winger Taylor Prell was originally named as a replacement but has been called up for the England under-18 squad. Nick Taylor has been drafted in as cover.
Dan Scarbrough returns from injury to the full-back berth, Christian Georgiou moving into the centre.
Fly half Tom Barrett needs just five points to become the first Wharfedale player to score 300 in a league season.
Otley, winners of three of their last five in SSE National League Two North, are at Macclesfield.
Wharfedale: Dan Scarbrough; Scott Jordan, Christian Georgiou, Tom Davidson, Josh Prell; Tom Barrett, Philip Woodhead; Chris Steel (capt), Luke Cole, Jake Armstrong, Richard Rhodes, Alex Powell, Jake Barnard, Aaron Myers, Rob Baldwin. Replacements: Adam Howard, Dan Stockdale, Josh Burridge, Jimmy Bullough, Nick Taylor.
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