Maroons to face physical Wallsend

Whitby Maroons return to Durham and Northumberland League action on Saturday (Feb 15) with a home game against seventh-placed Wallsend.

It is another crunch game for the Maroons who are desperate to get out of the bottom two to avoid an instant return to the league’s third tier.

Maroons are eight points adrift of safety with seven games to go.

They have a chance of staying up after Hartlepool were deducted five points, sucking them into the relegation dogfight too.

Jock Harrison comes in for his first game of the season as Whitby seek to cover the absence of Matt Russell and James Gildroy in the front row.

Nick Beaumont comes in on the wing and the experienced Mick Hare comes in on the bench.

Whitby lost the away fixture 37-0 so, on what is expected to be a heavy pitch, they will have match the physicality of their opponents if they want to get anything out of the game.