The Humbersiders were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of last season and haven’t found the going easy in Yorkshire One.
They made a great start winning their first three home games against Middlesbrough (28-10), Old Brods (42-15) and Scarborough 28-24 on October 18; however they have won only one league game since then, the 44-3 demolition of strugglers North Ribblesdale at the start of the year.
Tellingly they have yet to win on the road; however they have drawn their last two away games 20-20 and 17-17 at Old Brods and Middlesbrough respectively.
For Scarborough the New Year started with a thrilling 35-29 victory over third-placed Yarnbury; however this was followed by consecutive league defeats away to York 17-14, at home to Bridlington 12-11 and last week’s 10-8 defeat at Doncaster Phoenix.
In the middle of that Consett RFC were dispatched 55-0 in the RFU Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd.
For Saturday’s game Harry Domett, who was ill last week, returns to the squad which includes Matty Oxtoby, Jordi Wakeham and Wesley Langkilde.
Tomasz Chadwick and Tom Harrison are likely to swap positions with Chadwick at 10 and Harrison at 15.
Coach Lee Douglas has rested Corey Dennis as a precaution ahead of next week’s Intermediate Cup game against Newcastle Medicals.
Also in action on Saturday is a strong Vikings side including Tom Fish, Joe Lenton, Hayden Ogilvie, Billy Parker, Phil Stewart and Paul White, who entertain Hullensians 2nds also at Silver Royd while the Danesmen travel to Humberside to take on Hullensians 3rds.
There are intriguing fixtures at either end of Yorkshire One on Saturday with top two Doncaster Phoenix and Malton on the road at Selby and resurgent Pontefract respectively.
Bottom-placed club North Ribblesdale who surprisingly won at Middlesbrough last week entertain Heath RFC while second-from-bottom outfit Old Brodleians host Middlesbrough. I really fancy home wins for both strugglers.
The RBS Six Nations Championship 2015 begins this weekend with Wales taking on England in Cardiff on Friday at 8.05pm.
On Saturday Ireland are in Rome for a 2.30pm kick-off in their game with Italy with France entertaining Scotland in Paris at 5pm.
All games will be shown on the big screens in the JM Guthrie clubhouse at Silver Royd.