Lookers sponsored South Shields Westoe visit Ponteland this week for their re-arranged fixture, postponed due to the weather. With Ponteland sitting towards the bottom of the table and Westoe’s current form, seeing them rack up 175 points in their last two matches, this should be a victory for the Shields side.
Westoe need, however, to ensure they prepare well and stick to their game-plan as results throughout the season have shown that all sides in the league are capable of upsets.
With only six games remaining in the season, Westoe sit in third place and firmly in contention for another top two finish.
Westoe make several changes in the pack. Wayne Foster and Jamie Hughes are given starts in the back-row, with Andrew Kirton moving back into the second row and Joe McKenzie into the centre.
The ever-changing back-line sees four additions this week. Connor Pascoe starts at scrum-half, Ross McCauley takes the full-back shirt, Joe McKenzie shores up the midfield defence at centre and Paul Evans will provide the speed from the wing.
The last meeting was a convincing 54–7 win for Westoe; however the first half was a much closer affair (19-7) and Westoe will need to have patience in breaking down the plucky Ponteland side.
Kick-off is 3.00pm
13. Joe McKenzie
14. Paul Evans