Leigh Miners make the relatively short trip up the M62 on Saturday to take on Rochdale Mayfield in Round 12 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at Mayfield Sports Centre.
Miners travel to Rochdale on the back of a 30-12 home victory last weekend against East Leeds, producing a much better performance than the week before in Hull to move back into the top six.
Speaking about last week’s win, hooker and star man Tom Farrimond said “I thought we were as good as I’ve seen us this year in the league, we were tough up the middle in defence and really set a platform going forward for our outside men to ask questions.”
“I believe it’s no coincidence that in the week that saw me moved to my position at 9 was the same week we were much more in control of what we were doing, completed at a higher rate and managed the overall game better than we had been doing.”
This weeks game at Mayfield will certainly be one the toughest away fixtures Miners will have this year, with the players knowing they are going to have to start smarting up and start producing strong performances away from Twist Lane, especially if they want to be in with a shout of finishing on top of the pile come October.
Looking at this week’s away game, Farrimond added “Obviously this week we have to back it up on the road at Rochdale, and do it the hard way with a key figure such as myself missing.”
“But I think if we can pick up where we left off on Saturday we should get the win.”
“I’m not overly fussed about highlighting their strengths or weaknesses because if we turn up, complete our sets and muscle up in the middle we are more than capable of causing problems for anyone in our division.”
Coaches Allan Coleman & Paul Whitworth make three changes from the win against East Leeds last weekend, with Danny Jones, Jimmy Muir and Connor Ratcliffe coming in for Tony Doyle, Tom Farrimond and Dave Rowlands.
On last week’s home win against East Leeds, Coach Allan CoIeman said “I thought we was better against East Leeds, our aim was to complete high and starve them of the ball.”
“We was still giving away to much possession at times but when we stuck to our game plan we was never in any trouble.”
“We have a talented side who just want to play and we want to be labelled a team that plays exiting rugby.”
With Paul Whitworth saying “It was a tough win and it wasn’t pretty in parts but we showed enough control with Scott O’Brien and Shaun Dowie in the half’s to get the win.”
“Although we had a comfortable gap between us and them at the end of the game, if we had been more clinical when other chances presented themselves, it could of been more convincing.”
“Our pack is working tremendously hard at the moment and the strength coming off the bench was really important to us inn the key periods of the game.”
“Now we need to work on taking some consistency into the Rochdale game.”
Speaking about Saturday’s trip to Rochdale, Coleman added “I think Saturday will be very tough game, Mayfield are very physical and robust side.”
“We need to get our game right, defend very tight and be solid with it, we know we have to be at our best to get anything from it.”
“We must start picking points up on the road and lets hope Saturday is the start of that.”
With Whitworth adding “I had the chance to watch Mayfield at their ground a few weeks back. They are a solid team who showed a lot of enthusiasm on break downs, kick their field well and look to go over the top of you whether its down the middle or on the edges.”
“We will need to be physical enough to deal with this and disciplined enough with the ball in the right areas.”
The team is functioning better now and showing some improvement in consistency, which is where we want to be.”
Rochdale Mayfield go into Saturday’s clash on the back of a narrow 26-24 away defeat at Wath Brow last weekend, the Hornets scoring two late tries to take the game at the end. Mayfield have made a good start to life back in the Premier Division winning six of their eleven matches to leave them in sixth position, home form being the key with five of them wins coming on home soil.
In the cup Mayfield have made it through to the quarter final of the Conference Challenge Trophy where they play Thornhill Trojans away next weekend.
Leigh Miners 2nd team will look to keep their unbeaten league record intact on Saturday when they travel to Accrington Panthers in the league.
The u18s are away on Sunday against Woolston Rovers in the league.
Leigh Miners Ladies have a free weekend.