Winlaton Vulcans Preview

Winlaton Vulcans Preview

By Official HRFC
27 September
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Hartlepool make the journey north to face Winlaton Vulcans at Axwell View on Saturday afternoon (3pm KO).


Like Pool, the hosts have a record of two wins and one loss from their three league games so far this season. By virtue of bonus points the visitors find themselves three points ahead and in third place.

Winlaton enjoyed two impressive victories over Gosforth and Bishop Auckland before falling to a heavy defeat at Ponteland last time out.

Hartlepool are boosted by the return of Tazz Pelser at scrum half, who missed the 55-15 win over Blyth. He replaces Nathan Taylor who sustained a broken finger in that game.

Lewis Wilson (shoulder) and Sam Kitching (broken nose) were also casualties in that game and join Taylor on the sideline, while Max Filby is unavailable due to work commitments.

Dylan Thomas comes into the side at full back with Michael Swift recalled to the forward pack.

There are changes to the front row too with Graham Wilson and John Osborne both unavailable so the duo of David Carson-White and Simon Bird come into the fray.

Carson-White, Williamson, Bird, TBC, Swift, Smalley, Pape, Carney, Johnson, Pelser, Ainley, Z Ivey, K Thomas, Chester, Winter, D Thomas, Osland, Bains

Hartlepool A are also on the road when they travel to Grangefield to face Stockton Saracens in the CANDY League.

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