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New boy Cachia catches the eye
New boy Mike Cachia staked his claim to be Ilkley’s first-choice stand-off after impressing as a replacement in last Saturday’s 37-24 win over Wath.
An ankle injury to Alastair Monks presented him with his chance and the American seized it with both hands.
Now coach Rhys Morgan is set to name him in his starting line-up for Sarurday’s Yorkshire Division One trip to Driffield.
Morgan said: “When Monks was injured we moved Craig Barker into the centres alongside JH Johnson with Cachia slotting in at stand-off.
“As a combination it worked very well and Cachia showed us that he can control the game and kick goals too.
“I was very pleased with how the alterations to the backline worked out.
”Morgan has also been delighted with the form of prop forward Josh Cockerham.
He has switched from tighthead to loosehead this season and has filled the void left by the absence of John Oakes.
“Josh has worked really hard on his fitness and he is getting around the park really well.
“He has produced two fine performances in our league games and I am delighted for him because it isn’t always easy to adapt to a new position so quickly.
”Monks’ damaged ankle has ruled him out of contention to face Driffield, while Nathan Bland and Mark Kirkby are missing through work commitments.
New boys James Sergeant and Steve Nolson are amomg the player pushing for places.
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