Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Escape Bid

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Escape Bid

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Byline: Rugby Round-up

Middlesbrough will remain on target for the 'great escape' if they win at home to Morley tomorrow.

After seeing off leaders Preston Grasshoppers in an inspirational performance a fortnight ago, Boro moved out of the bottom three in North Division One.

But they may have to play equally well to beat a Morley side that has won 12 league games this season - seven more than Boro.

Ben Pattinson suffered a hamstring injury against Preston, so Mark Kerruish steps up to take his place.

Dale Sawden starts, with Craig Chapman stepping down to the bench, while Dave Richardson is still missing with a leg injury which is proving slow to clear.

After tomorrow, Boro have just two league games left. They travel to promotion chasing Hull, and host a Liverpool side just two points below Boro.

Boro's aim for virtually the entire season has been to finish outside the bottom three, and for a long time it appeared to be beyond them, so to succeed against the odds would be a major achievement.

Redcar can take a huge step to ensuring that they finish out of the bottom three In North 2 East, when they visit struggling Morpeth.

Redcar are fourth from bottom, two places and four points above Morpeth.

Redcar have made changes to the pack. Steve Turner makes a return to the second row with captain Neil Cook moving to number 8.

Alan Dixon comes into the open side position, with Graeme Evans at blindside, while Gareth Richardson returns to the bench.

In the backs, Redcar welcome back Gareth Foreman at fly half, with Graham Hathaway on the bench.

Stockton, one place and one point above Redcar, face a tough home encounter as they host second in the table Huddersfield who are chasing Westoe for the title.

Stockton welcome back into the squad several players who were unavailable for last week's Durham Cup defeat against Westoe. …

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