THE PRESSURE will be on Cheshire as they play their second match in the Tetley's County Championship against Yorkshire at Otley tomorrow.
The reward for victory will be a home semi-final against either Devon or Cornwall at Macclesfield tomorrow week.
Cheshire crushed Durham 77-3 in their first match last weekend. It was an impressive disp lay agai ns t what appeared to be fairly mediocre opposition.
It will be different at Otley where Yorkshire will field an experienced side. But counting against the home county is the fact they have not had an outing this campaign.
They should have played Berkshire last week but the southern county failed to travel, saying they could not raise a strong enough side.
Cheshire chairman of selectors Roger Blake was extremely satisfied with the display at Winnington Park after early teething troubles through lack of practice together.
One or two players took knocks but expect to report fully fit. Certainly it will be hard to change the starting line-up which included Ian Kennedy and Chris Planchant from Birkenhead Park, Dan Naylor, Anthony Birley, Richard Bradshaw, Adam Kettle and Jon Sewell from New Brighton and the Chester scrum-half Ben Foden.
Birley, who topped the National Three North points scoring chart this season, kicked superbly against Durham and more of the same would give Cheshire a big chance of progress.
It is Yorkshire who will step out as favourites tomorrow although if team spirit counts for anything Cheshire could hold an advantage.
Yorkshire last won the championship in the 1999/2000 campaign with Cheshire successful two years before that.