Hoppers wing the changes

Hoppers are at home this weekend
Hoppers are at home this weekend
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Facing first-time visitors to Lightfoot Green in the shape of South Leicester, Preston Grasshoppers have a number of players unavailable tomorrow.

They include wingers Scott Jordan and Ollie Viney, so Ollie Yates makes his first appearance of the season on one flank, with UCLan student Johnny Milliken called up for his debut on the other,.

Director of rugby Alan Holmes is the starting hooker and John McKenzie resumes in the second row.

Following promotion to National League Two North, South Leicester have started with four wins out of six to lie 10th with 13 points. They have lost two of their three away games to date.

Hoppers, also with two victories and four defeats, are a couple of places below them, having picked up only two bonus points to the visitors’ five. They have played only two home fixtures so far, winning one of them.

In North One West, Vale of Lune host Wilmslow, who have won their last five outings – including two on the road – after starting the campaign with a home defeat by Warrington.

Wilmslow have also collected five bonus points to be fourth in the table. Vale, who have four bonus points in two wins and four defeats, are eighth. Both their victories have been at Powderhouse Lane, with one home defeat as well.

Vale have skipper Daniel Baines back at hooker after unavailability last week.

Andy Powers comes in at scrum-half and Michael Barker replaces the injured Sam Hoare in the back row.

Wilmslow did the double last season, winning 39-31 at home and 22-15 in Lancaster.

Fylde, up to 10th in National One, head for Coventry, who are five places above them. The Midlanders have won four out of six, and two out of three at home. Fylde have lost four out of six – including their only two away games. They have six bonus points to Coventry’s three.

In two high-scoring encounters last season, Fylde won 44-28 at home after losing 62-31 at Coventry.

Fylde give Nick Gray a start in the second row this week and, with Evan Stewart away on school duties, call up Dave Fairbrother to the back row.