Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Phil Belgian hopes to recover from a hamstring problem to lead Tynedale in their National Division Three game at Fylde tomorrow.

The Tynedale skipper tweaked his hamstring two weeks ago and is hopeful he will be ready in time for the trip to Lancashire but Jake White, who has an ankle injury, is rated 50-50.

Cameron Johnston hopes to make his first start on the wing, while another Falcons Academy player, Jack Harrison, is back from a spell in New Zealand.

Fly-half Mark Honeybunn is available after playing sevens with his British Army colleagues in the South Pacific, while ex-Harrogate hooker Chris Small comes into the squad for the first time after injury. Martin Shaw hopes to line up against former Falcons team-mate John Bentley when Blaydon take on Cleckheaton at Crow Trees in National Division Three.

Shaw injured his ankle in Blaydon's last game at Bradford and Bingley but it has responded to treatment and, provided there is no reaction, Shaw will be in.

Blaydon also hope to have flanker Patrick Segi back after a knee injury but another player with knee problems, No 8 Ed Thorpe, is still doubtful.

Alnwick welcome back Alan Moses for their first home North Division Two East game of the season when they have newly-promoted Durham City as visitors to Greensfield.

Moses has missed the start of the season with a leg injury and takes over the role of stand-off. Morpeth will be without full-back Tom Wilkinson for several months after he dislocated his shoulder at Chester and James Slater takes his place for the North Division Two East match at Beverley, while Phil Ludford returns to the back row at No 8. There is a doubt about lock Duncan Hutton, who has a back injury.

Gateshead welcome Malton and Norton to Hedley Lawson Park for the first time. Graham Arkle comes in on the flank for James Burns and Kenyan Mel Nuru makes his league debut on the wing for this Durham and Northumberland Division One clash.

Northern take on West Hartlepool TDSOB. Chris Webb returns to the second row to partner young Andrew Shippen and captain Steve Turnbull moves to No 8.

Paul Knibbs comes into the front row and the versatile Michael Rigby reverts from loose-head prop to openside flanker, with Alan Douglas starting from the bench. …

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