The unbeaten second team hit the road again as they face fellow title pretenders Macclesfield. The Cheshire side have yet to be vanquished and are sure to provide sterner opposition than the brave Wilmslow side who Hoppers overpowered last weekend. Young’s men have enjoyed some ding-dong battles with Macc over the past few seasons and this Saturday’s match up will surely be another close affair.
Selection was once again a testing process as there were probably twenty two or twenty three candidates with a legitimate claim for a place in the final eighteen. However there have been just three changes to the squad from last week as Sam Gale replaces Connor Murphy who has been promoted to the first team squad. The wonderfully named Josh Thundercliffe comes in at the expense of the injured Jack Banks whilst Andrew Pollack replaces the unavailable Matt Neary.
Thundercliffe, a prop, comes with good a pedigree from Hull Ionians whilst winger Pollack has made the journey over from Northern Ireland. Both are studying in the area and have chosen to play their rugby at Hoppers which is timely boost to the senior squad.
Meeting time for Young’s men is 12.15 Lightfoot Green or 1.30 at Macclesfield. Post match dress code is the club polo shirt, black pants and black shoes, with fines issued for transgression. The full squad is as follows:
Cameron Berry (c)
Reps: Brad Tuff, Josh Thundercliffe, Andrew Pollock.