Leigh Miners play their final game of the year down at Twist Lane on Saturday when they take on Rochdale Mayfield in the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division Elimination Semi Final Playoff, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
Miners go into Saturday’s massive clash on the back of a week off after having no game last weekend due to the Super League Grand Final, the last game being against Wigan St Pats where they produced a strong performance to successfully make it through to the next round of the playoffs with a 36-16 victory.
This week after having no training last week to help the lads recover and rest up from any knocks the squad have trained well on Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for what to date is the biggest game of the year. The players know what they need to do if they want to be playing in next weeks final eliminator and with their being plenty of desire shown amongst the group, they are determined to put in a strong performance to keep the dream alive of winning back to back grand finals.
Coach Allan Coleman makes three changes from the side that beat Wigan St Pats a fortnight ago, with Mitchell Cox, Tom Farrimond and Andrew Groves replacing Gary Gittins, Jake Lloyd and Connor Ratcliffe who as unfortunately been ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury picked up at work.
Looking ahead to this weeks game against Rochdale Mayfield in what will be his last game in charge on home soil, coach Allan Coleman said “By finishing third after the regular season we get the opportunity to have one last home game this year.”
“It’s something I wanted for the players and myself as we have worked so hard all year.”
“Our performances over these last eight games have been a credit to the players attitudes and commitment.”
“We’ve trained well this week and we are ready for the challenge as we know we will have to be at our best to beat Mayfield.”
“With Saturday being my last home game in charge I would just like to thank everyone for a great five years, Especially the lads.”
“But we’re not done yet.”
Rochdale Mayfield will be coming to Twist Lane full of confidence after winning in the last minute last weekend to win the the Conference Challenge Trophy against Huntlet Club Parkside. Matt Calland’s side is packed full of talented youth and experienced players and after getting their hands on silverware last weekend, they will no doubt be hungry for more success in the coming weeks as they look to complete a grand final and cup double in 2016.
Leigh Miners second team are also in semi final playoff action on Saturday when they travel to Widnes to take on Halton Farnworth Hornets, kick off 2-30pm.