Taylor is set for Hoppers' landmark

With three postponements already this season, Preston Grasshoppers are hoping for a clear run all the way through to the scheduled close of the National League Two North campaign at the end of April.
Sean Taylor of Preston GrasshoppersSean Taylor of Preston Grasshoppers
Sean Taylor of Preston Grasshoppers

This weekend sees them at home to 11th-placed Tynedale, who are just one place and two points behind Hoppers.

They have named the same starting line-up that set off on the aborted trip to South Leicester last Saturday, with Alan Holmes and Alex Zavallis-Roebuck rejoining the replacements.

Sean Taylor is due to make his 150th first-team appearance.

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Tynedale have won eight out of 19, with only two victories and seven defeats away from home. Those successes were at Huddersfield and Otley.

In one game more than Preston, the North Easterners have scored 40 more points, but conceded 120 more. They won the home fixture 20-18 in October.

Following last Saturday’s postponement, Hoppers are, of course, still on a run of four victories and two draws in their last six games.

They have a total of eight wins, three draws and seven defeats, with five victories, a draw and two defeats at Lightfoot Green.

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Vale of Lune moved up to sixth in North One West last weekend with a third successive win but now face a trip to second-placed Wilmslow.

Jonty Higgin and Jack Turton are unavailable and Charlie Lomas is nursing a rib injury, so Tom Crookall moves to centre, Michael Forest comes in on the wing, Ben Dorrington switches to fly-half and Ollie Dobson takes over at scrum-half.

Rhys Randall comes into the second row.

There’s another trip to London in National League One for Fylde as they travel to fifth-placed Esher.

It is a match-up of the third top scorers – Esher have racked up 580 points) and the fourth-worst defence, Fylde having let in 514 points.

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Esher won 31-21 at Ansdell earlier in the campaign, after losing there 48-17 last season, following a 29-28 home win.

Sam Beaumont is unavailable for Fylde, so Dave Fairbrother returns at No.8, while Tom Lavelle starts at prop, with Adam Lewis on the bench.

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