Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL; but Bellerby Must Miss Crunch Clash

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL; but Bellerby Must Miss Crunch Clash

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Byline: Local rugby By ANDREW WILKINSON

LIVEWIRE Middlesbrough vice-captain Rob Bellerby must sit out tomorrow's crunch match at Darlington because of injury.

He dislocated a thumb in last week's big win over Morpeth, which leaves Boro knowing that a five-point win over the bottom club at Blackwell Meadows will ensure North One East survival.

If Boro win and score four tries then Keighley cannot catch them and will be relegated to Yorkshire One with one game left to play.

Bellerby's mobility and tackling was a factor in Boro beating Morpeth 56-10. And the Northumberland side was not strong enough to cope with Boro's forwards.

Josh Evans will switch from the wing to centre to replace the vice-captain, while, Connor Foley comes into the side on the wing.

The only other change is in the forwards with Benn Horton starting and Richard Horton dropping to the bench.

Darlington have won only three times this season - but beat Boro - and slumped to bottom spot after losing at Durham, last week.

Billingham could rise to fifth in National Three North if they win at second from bottom Kendal.

Billingham hand a debut to winger Luke Wilson, who has been in the England Under-17 squad this season. He replaces Elliott Husband who is playing for England Colleges. In the second row Brett Wildridge replaces unavailable Dan Burns.

In Durham and North One Stockton visit Hartlepool Rovers hoping to carry forward the form from the 36-17 win at Acklam.

Number eight Martin Dixon is set to return, so the pack reshuffles.

Todd Highfield moves to the second row and Phil Douglas to flanker, so Tom Nelson misses out.

Full-back Dan Phinn has a broken bone is his hand, so teenager Steven Bartliff moves up from the second team where he has shown good form.

Stockton visit Rovers again on Wednesday April 24 in the Durham Intermediate Cup semi-final as Rovers were not prepared to 'double up' Saturday's game. …

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