Hunslet ready for Blackpool crunch


Casey Mayberry and Mark McCully will both “come into the reckoning” according to Blackpool Panthers coach Martin Crompton.

“I’ll probably be making at least a couple of changes,” he said.

Crompton added: “Last week’s game against Gateshead set us up nicely for this game.

“If Hunslet win then they’ll be champions, while we’re still chasing third or fourth spot in the table. Hopefully it’s a fixture that will attract a large crowd.

“We’re really looking forward to it. They turned us over at their place and it’s a very good test for us.”

Richard Chapman is set to miss out for Hunslet Hawks after needing stitches on a facial wound suffered during a late brawl in last week’s win over Workington.

Hawks coach Paul March said: “Richard’s had 10 stitches inside his eyelid, and another 10 or 12 keeping it all together on the outside of his eyelid. He’s in a pretty bad way.”

Danny Grimshaw is also struggling with a broken nose, but Hunslet are otherwise healthy for a game that could see them clinch promotion to the Co-operative Championship.

March said: “Everybody’s excited about it. We set our goals out earlier in the season and we’re within touching distance of achieving them.

“We’ve just got to go out there and play like we have done all season. If we do that then we’ll get the points and the title as well.”