Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynedale Are Left to Sweat on Fitness of Key Duo; REGIONAL RUGBY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynedale Are Left to Sweat on Fitness of Key Duo; REGIONAL RUGBY

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TYNEDALE are waiting on the fitness of back-line duo Gavin Beasley and Chris Harris ahead of tomorrow''s SSE National One trip to Cambridge, writes MARK SMITH.

Fly-half Beasley is carrying a hamstring injury, while full-back Harris is nursing a knock to the knee ahead of a game which Joel Hodgson will miss due to his Newcastle Falcons commitments.

We are without Joel but we always knew that was the case and had factored it into our preparations, said chairman of rugby John Shotton, in reference the fly-half who scored the decisive try in last week''s 26-17 triumph over Barking.

We won and took the maximum five points, but in truth we were very poor.

"Performance-wise it was a bad day at the office, so to get the five was quite remarkable.

Preparing to face a Cambridge side which defeated them 23-15 at home in September, Shotton added: "They beat us at home, but we have a good record against them with two away wins from three visits."

Also in National One, Blaydon are on home soil as they welcome mid-table Coventry. Director of rugby Micky Ward has wing Kevin McShane back at his disposal after last weekend''s 16-10 loss at Macclesfield.

Ward said: "We just looked rusty after a month without a game, so we will be keen to put that right against a team we drew against down there back in September.

Westoe have an ideal chance to move up from third into the promotion play-off spot as they visit Nuneaton in National Two North. The Shieldsmen are tied on points with second-placed Huddersfield who have a tough assignment at home to leaders Loughborough Students.

National Three North pace-setters Darlington Park travel to fourth-placed Birkenhead Park, while North One East leaders Billingham are at Sheffield looking to recover from last weekend''s loss at Malton and Norton.

Darlington travel to third-bottom Ashington in Durham and Northumberland One, still five points clear at the top despite losing to second-placed Stockton last time out. …

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