DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK director of rugby Danny Brown is delighted to welcome Chris McTurk back into his starting line-up tomorrow afternoon as his side look to keep up the pressure on National One leaders Coventry with a win over Old Albanians.

Mowden return to action at The Northern Echo Arena looking to close the 14-point gap that currently separates them from Coventry at the top of the table.

McTurk will make his first start since the opening weekend of the season after recovering from injury, with the winger joining Grant Connon and Callum Mackenzie in the back three.

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Matt Dudman partners Brett Connon at half-back, with last week’s match winner, Warren Seals, starting at centre alongside Ben Frankland.

There are two changes in the front row, with Alfie Barron coming in for Darren Fearn and Ignas Darkintis returning to the squad in the absence of Ralph Appleby.

Elsewhere in the forwards, there is a positional reshuffle as Talite Vaioleti returns to the second row, with Joe Craggs and Ollie Hodgson starting at numbers seven and eight.

“We’re delighted to welcome back Chris McTurk who’s been out for a while with injury,” said Brown. “He’s really impressed in training in recent weeks and he deserves his chance.

“It’s great to have Ignas Darkintis back as he’s missed a few games through work, and Alfie gets his chance at loose-head as he rotates with Darren Fearn.”

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks are also in action at the Arena tomorrow afternoon, with their game against Richmond FC Ladies following the men’s game at 4pm.

Sharks head of programme Justin Loveridge is without five of his leading lights, as Heather Kerr, Tamara Taylor, Jo Brown, Katy Daley-McLean and Rachael Woosey are all on international duty preparing for England’s forthcoming Six Nations campaign.

Lauren Rigby comes in for Kerr at loose-head, with Sarah Bush joining Roshini Turner at lock. In the backs, the Sharks are buoyed by the return of Scotland captain Lisa Martin, who forms a strong centre pairing with Georgina Roberts.