RUGBY PREVIEW: Champions want to go out on high at Horden v Consett

CENTRE: Andy Whire of Horden

CENTRE: Andy Whire of Horden

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HEAD Coach Glenn Bowman is keen to see Horden end the championship-winning season on a high by beating Consett at Welfare Park.

There will be something of a carnival atmosphere at the Northumberland Street HQ after lifting the Durham Northumberland One title last Saturday by winning 42-10 at Gosforth.

But Bowman insists Horden must dismiss all thoughts of a party and concentrate on winning another four or five points (kick-off 3pm).

“It’s going to be a hard one,” said Bowman. “Consett must win to keep their chances of a play-off alive and they’re on a good run of form so its going to be a real difficult test for us.

“It’s a cup final for them.

“This match is all about our attitude – if it’s right then we’ll go out, perform and win the game.

“If we turn up and think it’s all done for the season then we’ll get turned over and that’s not acceptable.

“It’s been a long season and a lot went into last week’s win – we played some really good rugby, won well and the lads fully deserved all the plaudits for becoming champions.

“But the season isn’t over.

“There are one or two aching bodies but we’ve got to lift ourselves for one last game and give the fans at the Welfare Park something to celebrate.

“We want to sign off in style.

“Our seconds and thirds have had good wins this week and we want to keep that standard going.

“Given Consett’s results over the last few months some might consider them to be the form team in the league so as far as I’m concerned that’s one more challenge for us and I expect us to rise to it.”

There are two changes in the pack. Steve Heckles is out with a broken nose and Chrissy Purvis is unavailable, Jordan Yates and Richie Walsh coming into the squad.

In the backs, Andrew Turner is fit and returns to the squad for the last game of the season with Neil Hartley stepping down.