Magpies on the road and set for CYMS challenge

Nick Greenhalgh's ankle held up in last weekend's game against Nyngan, and he's expected to run on for Magpies this weekend. Mitch Andrews' hamstring injury was to be assessed at Thursday night training.

Nick Greenhalgh's ankle held up in last weekend's game against Nyngan, and he's expected to run on for Magpies this weekend. Mitch Andrews' hamstring injury was to be assessed at Thursday night training.

Forbes Magpies are on the road again this weekend: bound for Dubbo where they'll take on CYMS on Saturday.

Our first grade suffered another loss in Nyngan last weekend, going down 34-10 to a Tigers outfit that's sitting in fourth place on the Group 11 ladder.

But coach Cameron Greenhalgh could definitely see improvements in some of the areas where the Magpies have been battling, and he believes the squad can turn things around in the final four weeks of competition.

"There was a big improvement in our attitude in defence," he highlighted as a positive from last week's match, even though the Tigers did steal a couple of tries through the visitors' lapses.

The Magpies haven't been able to put a win on the board yet this season, though they've scored two draws, and there's a sense of frustration there.

Injuries and more recently illness have been issues week to week, but there was good news for last week as Nick Greenhalgh made a successful return to the field after some ankle issues.

"He seems to have pulled up all right so hopefully we'll be able to get some combinations going," Greenhalgh said.

Unfortunately Mitch Andrew's hamstring again prevented him from taking the field in the away game.

"We lost him in the last five seconds of training last week," Greenhalgh lamented.

"We'll assess him at training tonight (Thursday)."

The Magpies will be hoping to field a full-strength side with Dubbo CYMS sitting on top of the table at this point, with nine wins to their credit right alongside Wellington.

But CYMS first grade will also be looking for the win, they took a heavy loss to the Wellington Cowboys last weekend and will be looking to get back in the winners' circle.

Greenhalgh is sending the message that "the Magpies are coming ready to play".

Fans can take the drive north to support the Maggies this Saturday, just be aware of COVID-19 requirements to sign in to the venue, wear a face mask, and maintain physical distancing.

All our grades can expect a tough contest from Dubbo CYMS, our juniors are also coming off something of a shock loss to Nyngan Tigers' juniors and will be looking to lift.

They're holding third place on the Group 11 juniors ladder with five wins to their credit, four points behind Macquarie Raiders and now six points behind Dubbo CYMS.

Magpies 18s are just two points clear of the Nyngan Tigers and Parkes Spacemen juniors.

After what seems like a lengthy stint of away games, the Forbes Magpies will get to host their last final three competition rounds back at home at Spooner Oval in coming weeks.