Hoppers will wait for Pete

Hoppers' former Fylde man Pete Altham
Hoppers' former Fylde man Pete Altham
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Aiming for back-to-back wins in the Midlands, Preston Grasshoppers will make a late fitness check on prop Pete Altham before finalising their line-up for tomorrow’s clash with Broadstreet.

After last Saturday’s epic victory at Stourbridge, Hoppers hit the M6 again to take on the club which is bottom of National League Two North with five straight defeats.

If Altham plays, Oga Mabaya will be on the bench; otherwise, Mabaya starts and Danny Burns will be among the replacements.

Other changes see Tom Hurst starting at fly-half, and Sam Gale and Jack Walker coming into the back row for the unavailable John McKenzie and Andy Napier.

Preston edged up to 11th last weekend, with their second victory in five outings. Their games against Broadstreet last season went with home advantage, a 32-13 victory at Lightfoot Green followed by a 23-14 defeat in the return.

In North One West, Vale of Lune travel to Altrincham Kersal, who have followed up April’s promotion with four victories and one defeat.

Having won all three home games to date, the Cheshire club sits in sixth place, just one above Vale, but with eight more points.

With Fergus Owens planning a career change, he has handed over the head coach’s role to Welshman Dan Williams. Owens is still available to play and is at centre tomorrow in a back line that shows just one change – Billy Swarbrick resuming at scrum-half.

With Dan Baines unavailable, Andy Powers will hook and there’s an interesting name on the bench – Sam Hoare, who is part-Spanish and has played for Catalonia Under-20s.

Fylde’s last-play defeat at home to Hull Ionians last week leaves them in 12th place in National One, with just one win out of five – and four defeats in a row.

Tomorrow, in a second successive game at Ansdell, they host Rosslyn Park, who dropped from top spot to fourth following their home defeat by Blackheath.

Like Hoppers, Fylde face a late fitness check on a prop forward – Simon Griffiths, with Adam Lewis in line to take over if necessary.