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Leigh Miners start their defence of the Conference Challenge Trophy on Saturday when they take on Hunslet Club Parkside in the first round, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.

Miners made it five wins from five last weekend with a hard fought 18-10 home win against Kells, the game being nip and tuck in the first half with the scores being level (6-6) at the break. It was similar in the second half with Miners having that little extra edge to win the game in what was a entertaining contest from start to finish between two good sides.

This week’s visit of Hunslet Club Parkside promises to be just as tough if not tougher than last week for Miners with the Division Two outfit being free scoring so far this year. Scoring on average 39 points a game the south Leeds side have the best attack in the NCL in relation to points scored with Miners so far having the best defensive record, conceding on average 9.6 points per game.

The Conference Challenge Trophy is held in high regard by everyone at Twist Lane, with Miners winning the competition three times in the last four years it is something they are eager to keep hold of again this year. The players know that they are in for a very tough game and cannot take anything for granted against lower league opposition, as they found that out first hand at the end of January when they lost to Underbank Rangers in the first round of the Challenge Cup.

Speaking about last week’s league win against Kells, Prop Chris Bower said “I thought we played well against Kells and really worked hard as a team in defence.”

“We were much more patient in attack than in previous games and didn’t panic as much.”

“I do think that we still need to work on keeping more possession and converting more chances that we have, but I’m sure that will come.”

Looking ahead to this week’s cup game, Bower added “I think we have to be wary as we lost our first game this year in the challenge cup against a team from a different division.”

“We need to carry on how well we have been defending and keep on improving in attack.”

“They are coming here unbeaten so we will have to at our best to beat them.”

Coach Allan Coleman is forced into making four changes from the side that beat Kells last week, with Mitchell Cox, Frankie Halton, Danny Jones and Tommy Parkinson all being away this weekend. Coming into the side are Matt Astley, Danny Halliwell, Jamie King and Mark Nicholson

On last week’s victory against Kells, coach Allan Coleman said “It was a very tough game, both teams completed well so it made it more like a game of chess were each team was waiting for the mistake.”

“I was really happy with how we was patient with ball in hand and that showed on our stats this week.”

“We made over 1100 meters in the game with our back line contributing more than half.”

Looking ahead to this week’s visit of Hunslet Club Parkside, Coleman added “We welcome Hunslet this week to Twist Lane, a team who have scored over 250 points in six games which is awesome.”

“So we know we have to be at our best defensively to win the game.”

“There a team who will be playing Premier Division rugby in the next two years in my opinion, so we will definitely not under estimate them.”

“We set ourselves targets at beginning of year and this trophy is one of them, so we don’t want it to leave the club.”

“The squad will change this week with at least four changes due to players being away”

Hunslet Club Parkside are currently riding high at the top of Division Two, winning all six games so far this season, with the most recent being a 34-18 home victory against arguably their biggest challengers for top spot Thornhill Trojans.

Castleford Tigers hooker Paul McShane coaches the side and he steered them to the Third Division title last year in Hunslet’s first year in the NCL, McShane will no doubt have ambitions of having his side playing in the top flight in a couple of years but first will be looking to cause a cup upset by knocking out the holders.

Leigh Miners second team have free weekend.

The u18s are away on Sunday against Crosfields in the league.

Leigh Mines Ladies have no game this week, they are back in action next weekend with a home first round Challenge Cup tie against Brighouse Rangers.

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