Leigh Miners entertain Egremont Rangers on Saturday in Round 11 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off at the slightly earlier time of 2pm at Twist Lane.
Miners go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 16-10 defeat away at Wath Brow last weekend, working tirelessly in defence throughout against a good Hornets side and having plenty of chances to get more points on the board in the second half, only to be let down by the final pass on a number of occasions to scupper any chances of returning home with a victory.
This week’s game will certainly test the depth of the squad to the limit with so many players being unavailable through holidays, festivals and injuries, but the seventeen that take to the field are determined to put in a strong performance and get back on the horse to keep their unbeaten home league record intact.
Coach Allan Coleman will again have to make changes to the side that played at Wath Brow last weekend, with Lee Gittins and Darryl Kay away on holiday along with Mitchell Cox, Frankie Halton and Sam Peet who are at the Parklife festival. Coming into the side are Matt Astley, Danny Halliwell, Joe Harrison, Ryan Peters and u18s back rower Joe Digby.
Speaking about last week’s defeat at Wath Brow Hornets, coach Allan Coleman said “I thought we performed really well at Wath Brow, with the amount of players missing and a number of u18s in the side, I was a very proud coach.”
On this week’s game against Egremont, Coleman added “On Saturday we again have a large number of players unavailable so it’s going to be a lot of debuts to give out at once.”
“But after training this week, I feel confident of a win.”
“It’s something as a club we should be proud of with the amount of talent and depth we have”
“We have a unbeaten record to protect and we will be going hell for leather to keep that.”
Egremont Rangers have had a rather poor season so far with them only winning three of there eleven matches so far to leave them in 10th position on the ladder. The Mont though will be coming to Twist Lane in a confident mood having had a big 46-12 away win at York Acorn last weekend.
When the two teams met back in March at Gilfoot Park, Miners come back down the M6 having won by 40-6.
Leigh Miners second team are away on Saturday against Oldham St Annes in the league.
The u18s are away on Sunday against Blackbrook in the league.
Leigh Mines Ladies are away on Sunday against Wigan St Pats in the second round of the Women’s Challenge Cup, Kick off 2pm at Clarington Park.