Local Sport Roundup 22 May 2021
In local sport this weekend will see; the return of Beverley ARLFC, Beverley Town CC and Driffield CC wait on the weather for their fixtures, while Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers are in Super League action on Sunday.
The Beverley ARLFC will lock horns with West Hull this Saturday (2.30 pm kick-off at the Leisure Centre). It will be the Blue and Golds first competitive fixture since March 14th, 2020, in this Group G of the NCL. It is the toughest of all fixtures against Premier Division opposition, but Beverley will approach it in a buoyant mood. Victory by 22-14 in a friendly against higher-ranked Stanningley demonstrated their 2021 credentials. Head Coach Tony Spence may find it difficult to drop anyone who turned out in that fixture, but Sam Roe and Joe Morley will also come into contention for a place in the 17. Following the latest easing of restrictions by the Government, spectators are now allowed at outdoor community sports events. However, the club would request that people attending the match do observe social distancing.
Beverley Town CC won one of their two games last weekend. They beat Welton by 27 runs last Sunday. This weekend they host Hull Zingari at Norwood. Driffield Town CC lost both games to the weather last weekend. They look to rekindle their previous good form away at Yorkshire Academy. Both sides will hope for the rain to hold out otherwise they will lose yet another round of fixtures.
Hull Kingston Rovers will look to follow up their dramatic late victory over Castleford Tigers on Monday with an away trip to winless Wakefield Trinity. The Robins named a 20-man squad. Recent noticeable absentees include props George King and Albert Vete, King is due to return next week following a hip knock whereas Vete will miss approximately a month with his muscle strain. Ethan Ryan is also missing after surgery on a troublesome wrist injury, the winger is expected to be missing for three months. Brad Takairangi also is a doubt due to ankle trouble. Wakefield head coach Chris Chester may have a return of key players; centre Bill Tupou and half-back Jacob Miller. Last time out they had a close-run defeat to Leeds Rhinos in golden point. The kick-off is 3 pm on Sunday.
Hull FC will face Leeds Rhinos on the back of a disappointing 27-10 defeat to Catalans Dragons on Monday. The Black and Whites will be hoping to spoil the return of fans to Headingly in a similar fashion to how Catalans soured the FC fans return. After an excellent start to the league season, the Airlie birds have wobbled in recent games and will look to get back to winning ways. Brett Hodgson has just one change to his squad, halfback Ben McNamara returns in place of Mitieli Vulikijapani, who joined Bradford on loan on Thursday. Leeds Rhinos have made four changes to the squad that beat Wakefield in golden point last Friday. Zane Tetevano and Richie Myler have served their suspensions while Bodene Thompson and James Donaldson are both back from injury.