Rugby: Vickers injury hits Linley hopes
LINLEY and Kidsgrove are preparing for life without hooker Carl Vickers until March.
Vickers ended up in hospital with a serious elbow injury during his side's 62-0 defeat to Prenton in their last South Lancs/Cheshire Three clash at Clough Hall Road
Club president Ron Tyson said: "He will be sidelined for the next few weeks, so Alan Fogg will come in at hooker."
Linley, kept off the bottom by Knutsford, are scheduled to host eighth-placed Capenhurst on Saturday, although the game is an early doubt due to the weather.
Changes are planned, though, if action can take place to help the side get back on track after that heavy Prenton loss.
Adam Cooper will be introduced at full-back and Connor Devine will be on the wing, while Pete Deaville will come in at prop and Matt Turnock is selected at lock.
TRENTHAM, in fifth, can gain ground on the leading pack with a win on the road at Liverpool University.
They enjoyed a 49-7 romp in the reverse fixture in October and are now looking for their fourth win on the spin when they take on a side who sit 10th.
CONGLETON are only one place behind Trentham, but still on the wrong side of a 15-point gap to the top six.
They are strong favourites this weekend when they travel to Knutsford, who have lost all 12 of their league games this season, scoring just 43 points.
Knutsford have been leaking points by the dozen too, conceding 603 points having completed half of their fixtures.
CREWE AND NANTWICH, ninth in South Lancs/Cheshire One, have one of their toughest assignments of the season when they travel to Broughton Park.
Broughton sit second with 14 wins in their opening 16 matches and beat Crewe 52-3 in October.
STOKE hope to become only the second team this season to defeat Midlands One West leaders Old Halesonians.
Their previous meeting was one of Old Hales' toughest tests of the season, but they still prevailed 32-25 and have won 10 on the trot since.
Stoke can claw themselves up from seventh to fifth if they can follow the example of Stratford, way back in September, and get one over the title favourites.
STAFFORD also go into the weekend as underdogs, taking on second-placed Wolverhampton in Midlands Two West (North).
Stafford, in fifth, came out on top 33-28 when they last met their local rivals.