Jack is back for Hoppers

Hoppers' Jack Wilkinson
Hoppers' Jack Wilkinson
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Following most clubs’ day off last Saturday, Otley are the visitors to Lightfoot Green tomorrow to take on a Preston Grasshoppers side which sees a couple of changes from the side which lost at Tynedale last time out.

With Alan Holmes unavailable, Jack Wilkinson starts at hooker, while Harry Reddick comes in at centre for the injured Billy Woof.

It is only Hoppers’ fourth home game of the National League Two North campaign, with a record so far of one victory, one defeat and a draw with South Leicester three weeks ago.

Overall, they have won two, drawn one and lost five to sit in 12th place with 14 points.

Seventh-placed Otley won 25-24 at Preston last season, after Hoppers had triumphed 24-17 at Otley.

Vale of Lune, up to seventh in North One West, host a Leigh side which has lost all eight games since being promoted last season.

Three of those defeats have come away from home.

With Billy Swarbrick unavailable, Charlie Lomas switches to scrum-half and Jonty Higgin plays full-back.

Prop Paul McLaren-Dorrington is also unavailable, so Ross Pillow returns to the starting line-up for a match that kicks off at 2.15pm.

Fylde travel to Blaydon, where they won 28-24 in National One last season, thanks to four tries from Ollie Brennand, before completing the double with a 42-24 home win.

The visitors change half their side after defeat by Esher a fortnight ago. Warren Spragg returns at full-back, with Chris Briers reverting to centre.

Phil Mills and Simon Griffiths start in the front row, lock Gareth Rawlings is back after suspension, partnering Todd Prisk, and Dave Fairbrother and Joe Robinson resume in a back row which is missing influential Evan Stewart due to school duties.

Blaydon are bottom of the table, despite starting the campaign with an impressive home win over Blackheath. Since then, they have lost seven in a row, but have picked up four bonus points.

Fylde are 10th following three victories and five defeats, with seven bonus points. They won their last away game – at Coventry – after losing their first two on the road.