Early finish but Sam bids for grand finale

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FYLDE RFC back row forward Sam Beaumont will play his final match of the season tomorrow as the home side take on Tynedale in National League One.

Beaumont will sign off for the campaign prematurely because he will undergo an operation after this fixture for an injured right shoulder that has troubled him for a while, though he has continued to play through the pain.

Fylde coach Mark Nelson said of the former club skipper: “Sam has had the injury for some time.

“The operation entails a three to four week recovery time, and because we want him right for the pre-season he is having the operation now.”

The Tynedale match is the first of an excellent Easter double-header at the Ansdell club. On Monday, Fylde are in action at home to holders Preston Grasshoppers in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup.

The winners will meet Sedgley Park or Widnes in the final.

Nelson’s immediate priority is the Tynedale match as the team look to swing back into action after the frustration of losing last Saturday’s match at Macclesfield to the snow.

Warren Spragg comes back into the side on the wing for Ben Rath, who is away seeking to cement his claim for representative honours.

Rath is spending the weekend with the Northern Counties under-20 squad - if he comes through that a place in the England Counties U20 set-up beckons.

Ben Vernon was not considered for one of the wing-forward berths because of shoulder and neck injuries, which will also rule him out of consideration for the Hoppers’ cup-tie.

Nelson has warned that Tynedale will be serious foes.

Richard Kenyon turned his ankle in training, so Scott Barrow comes in on the bench for the first time since he suffered a nasty gash to the leg playing for the English Counties’ representative squad against their French counterparts.

Their latest match was one of only three National League One fixtures that survived the freeze-up last Saturday.

Despite playing with 14 men for over half the game following the dismissal of lock Joe Robinson, Tynedale hung on to record an impressive 20-15 win over the Londoners.

Both sides defied the Arctic conditions to score five tries between them – all through the backs.

Tom Bramwell, Alexander Fieldhouse and Chris Harris got on the scoresheet for Tynedale.

Robinson is suspended for the visit to Ansdell.

Fylde will finalise their line-up for the Preston fixture after the Tynedale clash, though Nelson is likely to include some young players pressing for selection for the first team.

Fylde (v Tynedale) C Briers; Spragg, S Briers, Waywell, Brennand; Johnson, De La Harpe; Birchall, Roddam, Griffiths, Rawlings, Arnold, Stewart, McGinnis, Beaumont. Replacements; Altham, Burtonwood, Banks, Wallwork, Barrow.