Seconds on standby for crunch Maroons clash

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IN-form but injury-hit Whitby Maroons face another massive weekend as the top four sides in their division lock horns in fixtures which could determine the final table at the end of the season.

Maroons stretched their unbeaten run to eight games after comfortable seeing off Seghill on Saturday but face another crunch clash tomorrow when they travel to South Tyneside College in a game they must win to keep their title aspirations alive.

Whitby’s coaching staff face an anxious wait with up to four players on the treatment table and scrum half Joe Lenton, who is playing well at the moment, and a couple of other players being unavailable, so it is likely a shuffled side will travel to South Tyneside.

In the other big game of the weekend, leaders Hartlepool BBOB will seek to extend their 100% record when they host fourth-placed Yarm.

Coach Darryl Grason said: “This is a real crunch game and a test of the Whitby squad.

“With no Harlequins game and many injuries, the second team players are on stand-by for a call-up.

“We played some great 15 man stuff last week, scoring six tries against Seghill and this improving group of players keep stepping up to the plate.

“But this will be our hardest test of the season and we will find out a few things about our desire and abilities.”