Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Seek Double on Title Favourites; LOCAL RUGBY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Seek Double on Title Favourites; LOCAL RUGBY

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Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON

MIDDLESBROUGH complete their league season at Morley, who need to avoid defeat to clinch the title.

Boro have had a solid season in National Three North, and although not at full strength, they will field a stronger side than that which lost in the Yorkshire Cup to Wharfedale in midweek.

And Richard Horton, try scorer and stand-in skipper in midweek, said: "Morley will be a good test. We beat them on the opening day of the season, and would love to finish with a double. If we can finish fifth we can feel satisfied."

Billingham are two wins from the North One East title, and aim to clinch the first of them when they travel to mid-table Old Brodleians.

Brett Wildridge is unavailable so Paul Dalton returns in the second row. Anth Hyndman has recovered from an ankle injury. Youngsters Daniel Sayers and Tom Kill will be on the bench.

In Durham and North Two Acklam need to win against fourth placed Seaton Carew to stay on track for promotion. Centre Chris Walker is unavailable so Andy Dalton moves inside and Mark Pain comes back on the wing.

In Division One, Stockton, who will narrowly miss out on the promotion play-offs, visit tenth placed Novocastrians.

Tom Jeffery is unavailable so Mark Shires goes to full back, and Andy Bare comes into his wing slot. In the forwards Mark Skirving and Simon Brown drop to the bench to allow Anthony Parkinson and Matt Austen to start.

Several players face fitness tests, Stockton keeping one eye on next Wednesday evening's Durham Cup tie with Westoe.

Redcar host Alnwick, having been able to select their strongest team for months.

Captain Neil Young is back from six weeks out with a broken wrist and returns to a strong pack including Neil Cook, Ste Bryce and Andy Little.

The backs are at full strength with Kieron McMahon and Danny McIlvenny returning.

Young said: "It's all a little late but we will put everything into winning the last three games. We have not picked the same team for successive games once this season."

In Division Two, Yarm look for swift revenge when they host Barnard Castle, who won when the teams met last week. …

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