Myton aiming to replicate success
TONY Spence says his Myton Warriors side will do well to replicate the success they enjoyed last year, but insists he's got a squad capable of doing just that.
Myton begin their National Conference campaign tomorrow with a derby trip to face Hull Dockers at The Willows (2.30pm).
The Warriors were last season's surprise package, finishing the regular season a point off the top of the table before losing to Wath Brow Hornets in the Grand Final.
Tipped by many to go one better this season, Spence knows people are now looking at his side as genuine contenders.
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Whilst he is not willing to make any bold predictions, the Myton coach admits his team are capable of stepping up to the challenge.
Spence told the Mail: "We are really looking forward to the season starting. We know we will do well to compete with last year's achievements, but we want to go one better and win the Grand Final.
"To do better than last year will be a big ask, but the lads can step up to the mark. It is always hard to judge who will do well so early in the season because you need to see how teams go, but we've had a good pre-season and are ready for our opener at Dockers."
Myton have recruited Lee Cator from East Hull and look set to hand him his full debut against Dockers, while Carl Booth (knee) and Chris Wainman (ankle) are Myton's only injury doubts.
Dockers could field four new signings of their own in tomorrow's clash, having moved to replace Nick Powlley and Karl Smirk, who headed to Australia to ply their trade last season.
Centres James Maughan and Ryan Brown have been signed from Hull KR's youth set-up, with hooker Matty Johnson joining from West Hull and loose-forward Lewis Russell arriving from Hull Isberg.
Coach Chris Kay is pleased with the new additions to his squad and is relishing the campaign's kick-off.
But he knows his men will not have things their own way when last season's beaten Grand Finalists arrive.
"On last season's form, Myton were the second best side in the competition so we know we are going to be in for a tough opener," he said.
"They are very strong in the forwards and we know we need to contain them around the ruck.
"They also have very good line speed, so if we can slow the ruck down and win the battle on the floor it will help to contain them.
"Obviously, we are hoping to make the top six ourselves this season because we have a good young side with a lot of potential. But make no mistake, we know this is a derby and there are probably not many tougher openers."