Kindred blow for Hoppers

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Preston Grasshoppersface being without scrum-half Sam Kindred for six to eight weeks.

He was injured early in last week’s National League Two North game when a Sale player fell on his leg, meaning winger Scott Jordan had to fill in at the base of the scrum for the rest of the afternoon. Jordan is back in his wing berth tomorrow against Macclesfield away, with the scrum-half place going to Harry Moulding.

The only other change to the starting line-up sees Christian Taylor, a replacement last Saturday, taking the hooking berth. This week’s benchmen include versatile back Alex Zavallis-Roebuck and forward Ryan Birchall-Feeney, recruited from Cumbria in the summer.

Both seventh-placed Hoppers and Macclesfield, who are 11th after being relegated from National One last season, have started with one home victory and one away defeat and, with a bonus point each, are separated by their scoring differential.

In North One West, Vale of Lune ring the changes for the visit of their closest neighbours Kirkby Lonsdale, following last week’s heavy defeat at Kendal.

There’s a new half-back pairing of Ben Dorrington and Billy Swarbrick, with Fergus Owens moving to centre and James Birchall to the wing. Charlie Lomas is at full-back and Adam Macluskie returns on the other wing after injury.

Up front, Andy Powers comes in at prop and university student Sam Ackers joins the back row.

After a second red card in their opening two games, Fylde will have discipline firmly in mind as they welcome old foes Richmond to Ansdell in National League One.

With Joe Robinson picking up a two-match ban following Gareth Rawlings’ seven-week suspension, Fylde have moved to sign Nottingham lock Nick Gray – son of former Scotland star Chris – and he goes straight into the team tomorrow, partnering Todd Prisk.

Anthony Bingham will start on the wing subject to a late fitness check, with Jordan Dorrington at full-back. Tom Burtonwood and Simon Griffiths return to the front row.