West aim for National progress

West Hartlepool v Rossendale.
West Hartlepool v Rossendale.

WEST Hartlepool aim to make further progress up the National Three North table by completing a hat-trick of league wins.

West play host to Penrith tomorrow when they look to build on back-to-back victories over Rossendale and Burnage (kick-off 3pm).

After an uncertain start at Sandal, Kevan Oliphant and Tim Sawyer’s team have registered 18-point hauls on the last two Saturdays to move up to sixth in the table.

While no one is getting carried away at Brinkburn, both wins were significant results – Rossendale finished third last season and league new boys Burnage had started this term with two victories and play on an artificial pitch.

Head coach Sawyer is now looking to see West kick on at fortress Brinkburn.

“There is nothing to be worried about in this league, not that we ever were,” said the 36-year-old.

“But we’ve got to be confident about moving up the league

“We could have had the jitters after the Sandal game because we just didn’t get going at all

“But over the last two weeks we’ve upped our game and after a good week’s training we’ll see if we can move it on even more.”

West skipper Dan Boatman returns.

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