Egremont coach John Paul Brocklebank has been handed a huge boost ahead of tomorrow’s match of the day.

Brocklebank had been sent off in the recent home game with Leigh Miners for verbally abusing a linesman – but insisted he had done nothing of the sort.

So intent was he to clear his name, he made a personal plea at Monday’s disciplinary hearing, and the committee accepted his word. It means Brocklebank is clear to play in the big crunch game at West Hull tomorrow with the Humbersiders a point behind Rangers in the National Conference League premier division with a game in hand.

Egremont assistant coach Paul Henson said: “It really is great news because John Paul is so influential for us at half-back. We are already having to move things around as full-back Jack Stainton is unavailable through work commitments.

“Lewis Beckwith, back from injury last week on the wing, will switch to full-back where he’s more than capable. Matt Hutchins was on the bench last week against Kells but he will return on the wing so we are well covered.”

Egremont have a concern over prop forward Stephen Fox after the former Whitehaven forward jarred his neck in the 14-6 win at Kells. He was unable to train on Tuesday but is hopeful of being able to make the long trek and play his part.

“It’s a long trip for us but we haven’t been out of the county for six weeks through home games, a free week and two derby games with Wath Brow and Kells,” said Henson. “We have been to West Hull on numerous occasions and know what they are about – a strong, physical side obviously with a big pack but our forwards have all been playing particularly well this season. It will be tough but we are hopeful of coming back with something.”

There’s an intriguing match in prospect at Wath Brow, who are currently lying second, as they host Hunslet Club Parkside.