BLAYDON will hope to atone for last week's kick-off disaster and make the sort of start they enjoyed at home to Hull Ionians when they visit Humberside today.

A match which could decide who accompanies Macclesfield in the drop from National One is unlikely to be as high-scoring as Blaydon's 66-14 win at Crow Trees.

They began with two quick tries that day and hooker Matt Thompson had a hat-trick by half-time, in stark contrast to conceding a costly try after ten seconds against Coventry last week.

With six games left, Blaydon are two points ahead of their hosts but nine adrift of fourth-bottom Cambridge.

Prop Robbie Kalbraier and lock Andrew Davidson are still injured, so the only change sees centre Tom Small return after illness, with Andrew Baggett dropping to the bench.

Darlington Mowden Park coach Danny Brown is again on a revenge mission at Blackheath following last week's easy win against Macclesfield.

“It was important for us to turn the defeat at Macclesfield around, and this week we need to do the same after Blackheath won comfortably at the Arena in November,” he said.

“Last week’s performance was excellent. We were very patient and waited until the gaps began to open up. The impact again from the bench was crucial. Some of the tries were pretty special.”

South African lock Dave Fisher makes his first start since breaking an ankle in December and is keen to make up for lost time after re-signing for next season.

“I’ve been unlucky over the past two seasons with injuries, but now I’m looking forward to playing a lot of rugby and finishing off this season with six good wins.” he said.

“I really appreciate all the help Mowden gave me on getting me released from my previous contract with Plymouth and I want to thank the club for recognising my potential and offering me the chance to stay for next season.”

Joe Craggs reverts to the back row and hooker James Penman's leg injury creates an opportunity for Chris Wood.

Winger Shaun McCartney replaces Joel Gill, while on the bench prop Ignas Darkintis and utility back Jamie Barnard return after injury.

With clubs planning to screen the England v Scotland match at 4pm, many games in the lower leagues will kick off early, including Tynedale v Scunthorpe (2pm).

Barnard Castle have gone for a 1.30 kick-off as they attempt to make virtually certain of their second successive promotion by beating their only serious challengers, Northern.

Defeat would not be a disaster as Barney still have a game in hand, but victory would mean only a dramatic loss of form could deny them.

They might exchange places with Durham City unless the Hollow Drift club can stop the rot in North One East. After five successive defeats they visit mid-table Huddersfield YMCA.

West Hartlepool need to stay in touch with North One East leaders Pocklington by winning at home to Alnwick (2pm). Following last week's disappointing postponement at City, West are without Ryan Painter and Aaron Myers, who are replaced by Matt Siddle and Lee Maddison.

Following an event for their club volunteers, Stockton host Novos (2pm), who have been battling hard to stave off relegation since losing the home encounter 24-12.

After having a settled side recently, Stockton will be without several regulars. Top-scoring winger Steve Bartliff's absence is covered by promising colt Connor Hutchinson, while flankers Charlie Doherty and Liam Healey are replaced by Joe Green and Jack Hodgson. Rhys McHugh returns at prop for Tom Nelson.