Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tynedale Skipper Back to Face Darlington

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tynedale Skipper Back to Face Darlington

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Tynedale welcome back skipper Phil Belgian for Saturday's home National Division Three North derby against Darlington.

The Tynedale centre and goal-kicker returns after missing last weekend's narrow victory at Blaydon in order to clear up a niggling leg injury.

There is a doubt, however, about scrum half Keith Dungait (knee) and although Andrew Robson is named in the squad from which Tynedale will make their final selection tonight, he is still doubtful after his long lay-off.

Blaydon, meanwhile, travel to west Yorkshire to face Bradford and Bingley in the knowledge that they must start picking up points following a run of defeats which has seen them slump to fourth-bottom in the table.

Centre Pete Kilburn is hopefully back in contention following his dead leg at Cleckheaton two weeks go, while utility back Andy Khan is expected to be fit after flu.

However, Gavin Stainsby is doubtful with a shoulder injury and wing Simon Barber is likely to be ruled out with a bad back.

Up front, prop Fatu Tulaga's chances of playing are rated at 50-50 because of a calf injury, while another prop Justin Clarke hopes to be back in the frame after missing the last two games with an abscess on his neck.

In North Two West, Morpeth entertain West Hartlepool in what is definitely a must-win game for the Northumberland club in order to kick-start their league season.

They have named a squad and will finalise their side at training tonight, but definitely out is centre Brian Stewart, who is on a course.

Northern have selected a squad for their home Durham and Northumberland I match against West Hartlepool TDSOB and will have a number of late fitness tests tonight before they finalise their starting line-up.

Nineteen-year-old Rob Thompson is included in the squad for the first time following some very impressive performances in the Wanderers. …

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