Weekend Preview

21st June 2013

Skolars are hoping it will be third time lucky when they entertain Rochdale Hornets on Sunday. Skolars have lost their two trips to Spotland this season, but will be hopeing  to get the upper hand at New River Stadium. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

Coach Joe Mbu said: “We’ve played them twice so far, and they had a few changes in personnel between those games. “I’m expecting the same Rochdale that we usually see – a good, strong, powerful team. “I’m sure they will fancy coming here and getting a win off us.”

Mbu’s only injury absentee is Jack Dillon, who could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Rochdale moved up to second with Sunday’s 46-4 win at Gateshead Thunder and coach Ian Talbot is looking for them to continue their recent good form. He said: “It was a great performance, especially defensively. “When Skolars came up to our for the league game it was tit-for-tat for long periods. “I’ve spoken about it before – the quality in London is improving year on year, and it won’t be easy on that tight pitch there.”

Talbot will check on Dayne Donoghue (knee) and Jordan Case (throat infection), while long-term absentees Alex McClurg and Alex Trumper remain sidelined.

On Saturday Matt Cuss takes his 19’s to Barking & Daganham and will be looking to reverse a loss to their opponenets earlier in the season.

The 12’s host Charlton at New River, as do Paul Thorman’s 16’s, whilst the 14’s are at home to Elmbridge, who currently top the table.

In the afternoon The Skolars A team host Elmbridge Eagles, KO 2.30pm, on the Peth Road pict adjacent to the main stand at New River.

Last, but certainly not least, Skolars growing army of young players are off to St Albans on Saturday for a minis festival. Good luck to all taking part and representing London Skolars this weekend.

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