Posa expects Malton to provide tough test

Beverley eased to victory against Pocklington last weekend.

Beverley eased to victory against Pocklington last weekend.

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HAVING achieved a comfortable victory over neighbours Pocklington last Saturday, Beverley have another derby match this weekend when they make the short journey to take on Malton and Norton.

Despite their comparatively low league position Malton pushed the Beavers all the way in the corresponding fixture at Beaver Park last September, only finally succumbing in the last quarter of the match and were unfortunate not to, at least, gain a bonus point from it.

Head coach Anthony Posa is wary of the threat Malton and Norton will pose on their home turf.

He said: “They are one of the better organised teams that we have played this season and they have recruited a couple of key players since.

“We know that we will need to perform well to obtain any reward on Saturday.

“Being in the position that we are, we understand that we are there to be shot at and Malton, being such close neighbours, will be delighted to upset our apple cart.

“We have a lot of uncertainty about our selection for this week. We have a few niggly injuries and a couple of un-availabilities.

“Although I expect most of the niggles to have cleared up, it looks as though back row man James Holland will be out for a few weeks yet.

“Richard Bussey will not be fit to return until the end of the month following his bad concussion received in early December.

“Add to this the departure from the club of Fraley Hopa and Craig Hancock, both left to take up employment away from the area, and it is obvious that, despite starting the season with a healthily strong squad with cover in most positions, I am now having some more troublesome selection problems.”

Nathan Sharp, Chris Infield, Gavin Gibson and Francis Pickering should all be back in the next couple of weeks.

Beverley will select from the following squad: L Birch, G Jelencic, S Atiola, J Tupai (capt), T Tanumi, P Duboulay, S Allen, R Smith, D Riches, M Kirkwood, S Kerry, K Renwick, A Ogilvie, M Hatfield, F Pickering, M Adams, S Nel, G Gibson, D Worrall, J Pickets, N Sharp, T Riby-French, C Bradshaw

Meet at Beaver Park at 11.45am. Coach leaves at noon.

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