Leigh Miners play their final game of the season on Saturday when they travel up the M62 to take on Rochdale Mayfield in Round 22 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at Mayfield Sports Centre.
Miners go into Saturday’s game on the back of a very good 38-28 home victory last weekend against top of the table Siddal, the win moving Miners back into second position which now guarantees a top three finish and also stretches the unbeaten record at Twist Lane in the league to two full seasons.
This weeks game against Rochdale Mayfield is another important game for the Miners as they look to get the all important two points that would make sure they finish in second, defeat could see them slip down to third position depending on the West Hull result.
The lads are determined to put in a strong performance to get the win, as they know that if they don’t turn up with the same attitude and commitment they showed last week against Siddal they could be in for a long afternoon against a strong Mayfield side who like to dominate on home turf.
Coach Allan Coleman is forced into making three changes from the side that played Siddal, with Matt Astley (wedding), Ian Mort (injured) and Mark Nicholson who is away on holiday dropping out of the side. Coming into the seventeen are Gary Gittins, Lewis Grimes and Jimmy Muir.
Speaking about last weeks 38-28 victory against Siddal, coach Allan Coleman said “I thought we was awesome, most teams would just crumble after going 12-0 down against Siddal.”
“We looked like we got our mojo back and that’s down to the lads for their never say die attitude.”
“I was so proud on Saturday, for a team to go two full seasons in the league unbeaten at home is very special.”
Rochdale Mayfield have again had a very good season in the Premier Division, currently sitting in fourth position on the ladder going into the final round of fixtures. A victory this weekend for Matt Calland’s men would secure them a home playoff tie next weekend, which they will surely want ahead of their Conference Challenge Trophy final against Hunslet Club Parkside on the 8th of October.
When the two teams met on the opening day of the season at Twist Lane, Miners edged an entertaining contest 24-20.
Leigh Miners second team walk over the canal on Saturday to take on local rivals Leigh East in the league, kick off 2-30pm at LSV Pavilion.
The u18s are away on Sunday against Oldham St Annes in group D of the Hilary Steel Memorial Trophy.
Leigh Miners Ladies are at home on Sunday against Brighouse Rangers in the group B semi final of the Women’s Super Six series, kick off 2pm at Twist Lane.