After a comfortable home win over Sunderland last week Aspatria coach Mike Scott is expecting a stern test tomorrow.
The Black Reds are at Bower Park again with Percy Park the next visitors as the Cumbrians taste the new environment of the Durham/Northumberland League.
Scott said: “It was a good first hit out against Sunderland and I was happy with that after 18 months out. It left plenty to work at and improve but all fixable.
“We need to be more accurate with our ball skills as at times it was sloppy but that will improve with more game time. Set piece platform created from scrum and line-out was mostly outstanding and this provided the base for our half-backs to dictate proceedings and score some excellent tries.
“I am looking forward to the huge test that Percy Park will bring this week. We know they are an excellent well drilled and well coached side with talent all over the field.
“So this game will give us an early indication of where we are and where we need to be in regards to the top end of this league come April. It is a challenge we are all excited about.”
Several players are coming back into the squad, and hopefully Scott should have Grant Bethwaite, Gary Hodgson and his son Ryan Scott available and up for selection.
Tom Gardner pulled a hamstring last week which was unfortunate as he has worked hard to get to match fitness over the summer but hopefully he should only be out of contention for a few weeks.