Lots to play for two of our senior teams, with our Seconds looking to avoid relegation and facing a trip to Kelfield, a team whom they sprung a surprise against earlier in the campaign, while our Thirds still have a chance of promotion but could do with a win here against top-of-the-table Sessay, a side who one of their two league defeats came against Ovington. The First Team are also in action.
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The Second Team were headline news in the York Press a couple of weeks back with the ‘news’ that they had been dragged back into a relegation quagmire due to Wheldrake beating fellow strugglers Askham Bryan. In reality, one team had to win and Wheldrake doing so was undoubtedly the best of either outcome for the South Bank side. The Seconds will have to bounce back from a sub-par showing against Melbourne last week, and face on paper a tough trip to Kelfield. Anyone visiting the ground knows it is a tough place to go, with a unorthodox shaped outfield and a home-side perfectly adept at defending large totals. Ovington come into this game without skipper Dick Buckley and son Harry, who are on holiday. Harry Buckley was the main protagonist in the defeat of Kelfield in the reverse fixture with his 99 not out doing the main damage. Ovington will have two experienced campaigners to replace them, Alan Fletcher, as a direct and (some might argue) as mobile replacement for son Josh, and the returning Vale League Hall of Famer David Brummitt.
The Third Team beat Sessay in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and ran them close in the Cup Second Round fixture at Crayke between the two sides. This game, due to a wedding, will take place in the village of Knayton, a few miles north of Thirsk. In what looked a difficult task of raising a side on Monday, captain Jimmy Taylor has managed to assemble what amounts to a reasonable team. With no Sam Prangnell, the spread on run-outs will surely plummet, while the returning Rob Wallace, who managed to get out of a trip to Alton Towers, makes a welcome reappearance.
The First Team play Woodhouse Grange IV in what amounts really to a dead-rubber, both teams just playing for pride. It has been a learning campaign for Ovington for their first game in the Senior League and the match itself was in doubt for a period this week due to a drain problem on the Little Knavesmire. Emergency remedial work has been completed and it is to be hoped that a monumental rain-shower, like the one we had on Monday does not rear its head until after the campaign has been completed. In team news, Norwegian Rugby League International Callum Sullivan, who played for Ovington throughout his career, makes his senior league debut.
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