It’s same again for Hoppers

Jack Ward has been named in the Hoppers team
Jack Ward has been named in the Hoppers team
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Tackling what should be one of their better bets for an away win, at Huddersfield tomorrow, Preston Grasshoppers name the same line-up which was due to start last week’s postponed game.

Huddersfield are next to bottom of National League Two North, two places and four points behind Hoppers, who have a game in hand after last Saturday’s washout at home to Leicester Lions.

The Yorkshiremen have won four and lost nine, including their last three in a row. All four victories have come on their own patch, where they have also lost three. Their two bonus points are the worst in the league (Preston have four).

Hoppers have won only twice in seven attempts away from Lightfoot Green, against Stourbridge and bottom club Luctonians. Their overall record is four victories, a draw and seven defeats.

They lost twice – narrowly – to Huddersfield last season: 31-30 at home and 19-17 away.

Flood-hit Carlisle have switched their North One West game against Vale of Lune to Powderhouse Lane.

In addition to major problems caused by Storm Desmond – including a devastated clubhouse and ruined kit – the Cumbrians are next to bottom, having gone eight successive games without a win and overall have won just twice in 11 games.

With more than half of their league’s fixtures being postponed last week, Vale remain seventh after six victories and five defeats. They are seeking a fifth successive victory.

Vale did the double over Carlisle in a couple of close games last season, winning 25-20 at home and 7-6 away.

They will pick from a squad of 18, which includes Ian Bird and Ollie Dobson, who is expected to deputise at scrum-half for the unavailable Charlie Lomas.

Promoted Ampthill and District are the National One visitors to Fylde, who welcome back skipper Chris Briers at centre.

Greg Nicholls is on hospital duty, so Ryan de la Harpe returns at scrum-half and Mark Goodman starts in the back row, with Dominic Moon on the bench.

Ampthill have started life in the higher league with seven wins, a draw and five defeats to lie sixth.

Hoppers: S Taylor; Jordan, Woof, Ward, Milliken; M Murray, Moulding; Madden, C Taylor, Altham, McKenzie, A Murray, Napier, Lees, Proctor. Replacements: Holmes, Mabaya, Tomlinson, Viney, Forster.

Vale (from): Owens, Birchall, Macluskie, Higgin, Crookall, Bird, Dorrington, Dobson; Pillow, D Baines, O Cowey, Yates, A Baines, Foxcroft, Rainford, Powers, Ayrton, S Wallbank.

Fylde: Dorrington; Bingham, S Rawlings, Briers, Brennand; Johnson, de la Harpe; Birchall, Mills, Lewis, Gray, G Rawlings, Goodman, Stewart, Fairbrother. Replacements: Lavelle, Burtonwood, Moon, Arnold, Spragg.