By Brandon Reeves
Huddersfield can make it a fifth league win in a row this weekend when Tynedale come to visit Lockwood Park.
Following their domination of Sheffield Tigers in South Yorkshire last week, a win here could even move Field up to second if results elsewhere favour them.
Tynedale however have won just one match so far this season, but that first win came in the last round when they trounced Fylde 59-12.
Tyne present a tricky proposition as they aren’t shy about putting points on the scoreboard. In all of their matches this season their lowest score has been twenty.
But despite being fifth-best in the league for scoring, their porous defending has allowed opposition to score an average of 34 points per game and makes them the fifth leakiest defence.
On top of their tough start on the pitch, events off it have conspired against them too.
Before Tynedale were set to face Chester, a case of MRSA hampered their preparations as a number of players had to be tested for any infection.
Thankfully for Tynedale there was a single case only with the club crediting their medical staff saying they handled the situation with “exceptional professionalism”.
This meant they have played one game less, therefore have a game in hand, as do Chester who sit in fifth just below Field.
Gareth Lewis is expecting Tynedale to provide his charges with a stern examination this weekend.
“Tynedale have had a tough start, playing some strong sides in the opening three rounds but they’ve picked up in recent weeks culminating in an emphatic win over Fylde last week.
“They are scoring plenty of points and we are expecting a very tough game on Saturday.”
Lewis makes just two changes to the side as Kian Stewart returns to the wing in place of Arthur Wilkinson.
Joe Green is also set to earn a recall at scrum half, replacing Jack Maplesden.
Minimal change is expected for a winning side, whose mentality in training has been praised by Lewis
“Training has gone well this week and it’s clear to see the group are incredibly hungry to improve.”
The results Field may be keeping an eye on this weekend will be what happens when fifth-place Chester host table-toppers Hinckley.
Hull in second travel to South Leicester as they will look to capitalise on any slipup Chester may cause Hinckley.
Sedgley meanwhile host Field’s last week opponents Sheffield Tigers as they could also see themselves end the day in second if results go their way.
Huddersfield: Tom Hodson, Kian Stewart, Lewis Workman, Will Milner, Elliot Knight, Mark Pease, Joe Green; Reuben Pollard, Fran Entressengle, Harry Whitfield, Matt Dunn, Nick Sharpe, Bob Sykes, Lewis Bradley, Dickie Piper (captain)
Replacements: Adam Blades, Ross Thornton, Guy Borrowdale, Elliot Hodgson, James Davies