BURTON RFC manager Steve Briggs expects his side will be tested once again when they travel to Malvern tomorrow, kick-off 2.15pm.
With several first XV players returning from injury, the Crofters will hope to return to winning ways after their 29-12 home defeat to rivals Lichfield.
Top scorer Will Roach returns to the side after missing Saturday’s disappointing reverse, while prop Matt Tivey replaces strongman Simon Bradley in the front row.
Tom Cooper also starts after a solid performance from the bench during Burton’s first defeat of the season. Powerhouse centre Lawrence Betty also returns to the first-team.
Dave Archer, however, misses the match due to a broken hand, while Sam Benjamin and Joel Briggs continue to sit out due to injuries picked up in previous games.
“We have a few players who come back into the team this week against Malvern,” said Briggs.
“But we’re still missing some of our regulars like Sam (Benjamin) and Kelvin (Browne).
“Nevertheless, the depth we have in the squad is something that kept us going through October.
“We had a lot of tough matches during the past month but we had a lot of quality to cope with the demands.
“Training has gone really well this week too. We may have lost but the team spirit is still positive.”
Malvern currently lie 10th in Midlands One (West) and are without a win in their last three, and with the Crofters winning all but one of their matches this season, they will be considered favourites.
Elsewhere, the A team also travels to Malvern, with Damon Varney and Adam Smith returning from first XV duties. There is also a welcome return for Ben Marshall from injury. The academy will also provide players to support the travelling squad.
The Colts, meanwhile, visit Worcester in a top-of-the-table clash, while at Peel Croft Burton Vets entertain their counterparts from Lichfield.
Probable Burton 1st XV: Neethling, Burrough, Tivey, Cartwright (capt), Roach, Ed Henry, Cook, Dutton, Banton, L Peach, Betty, Brookes, Cooper, Boden, Titley. Subs: Murphy, Gazzard, Gilmour.
Probable Burton A XV: A Smith, Burchill, Taylor, D Henry, Waddel, Varney, Atchison, Cross, Hutton, King, Wright, B Peach, Leason, Robinson, Worth, Baum, Marshall, Reeve. Subs: Sharratt, Choules, Gaunt.