Seniors in for a tough week

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BOTH Sunderland senior squads are in Inter Club action this week, writes Richard Mckie.

Following a first game win at Hebburn, the Sunderland A team will face Houghton A on Tuesday.

In the club’s current situation, all home games are being played at Houghton.

Selected team: R.Rollason, R.Robson, H.Shields, R.Graham, P.Collins, W.Hearne, J.Jones, T.Jopling, EJ.Forster, A.Baker, K.Knubley, W.Ferry

The Sunderland B team finally kick off their campaign with a trip to Hartlepool on Wednesday morning.

Selected team: G.Brown, P.Thomson, A.Ferguson, TW.Todd, P.Bulmer, R.Usher, W.Mitchell, P.Brickle, A.Grimes, W.Roberts, W.Conway, D.Hulley.

Houghton B are also in action as they entertain Ferryhill.

H Following last season’s Home International series win, thoughts turn to this season’s event as England selectors have revealed the trial team.

Locally, the Stanley duo of David Bolt and Gary Smith maintain their backend partnership, with Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley in at second.

There are are no places for Stanley’s Brett Arkley or Hartlepool’s Glen Skipp.

The trial takes place on Sunday, December 8 at Melton Mowbray.

There was better news for Skipp as the Outdoor England selectors have named the Durham star in the team for the British Isles Series next June at Leamington Spa. Durham’s David Bolt declined the original offer of a trial.