Leigh Miners travel over the Pennines to Halifax on Saturday to take on Siddal in a rearranged Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division Round 2 fixture, Kick off 2pm at Reactiv Park, (Chevinedge).
Saturday’s game which was originally due to take place in March but was postponed due Siddal’s involvement in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup where they hammered League One side Newcastle Thunder 30-4, will be the first meeting between the sides since they contested last years grand final.
Miners go into this weekends top of the table clash on the back of a good win last weekend against Wigan St Pats, having plenty of possession in the first half to take a 16-0 lead into the sheds at half time. In the second half Miners where on the back foot for the opening fifteen minutes or so with St Pats coming out strong and scoring three tries of their own to make it 16-14, after that third try Miners kicked back into gear and finished the game strongly to win the game 32-14 with Jonny Youds impressing in the centre.
This week the players know they are going to be in for a real tough battle against a very good Siddal team, with them all knowing that if they are to get the same result as the last time they visited Chevinedge it’s going to take a very hard working, committed eighty minute team effort to get the win.
Coach Allan Coleman will again have to make changes from the side that beat Wigan St Pats last week, with Lee Gittins, Jamie King, Ian Mort, Sam Peet all being away on holiday and Ryan Peters dropping out of the side. Coming into the side Chris Meredith, Jimmy Muir, Mark Nicholson and Dec Taylor.
Looking back at last week’s win against Wigan St Pats, coach Allan Coleman said “I thought we started really good but we just couldn’t score, we was patient though and from that things started to happen.”
“We had a bad fifteen minutes at the start of the second half where we conceded three tries but after that we kicked on and our good ball in second half was 100%, which is the best we have had.”
On this week’s trip to Siddal, Coleman added “Siddal will be very tough this week as we have got alot of players missing.”
“They are a very good team who are coached well and will be wanting to make things right after we cleaned up last season.”
“But it is what it is. It happens all the time in this league, but we have trained hard and will go and play tough.”
“It will be good to see some new players getting a taste of first team rugby.”
“We have a very strong squad and a great attitude so we will be ready to go.”
Siddal have made a very good start to season following last years grand final disappointment, winning seven of their eight games to leave them on 14 points at the top of the table ahead of Miners on points difference.
The only setback the Halifax outfit have had was a couple of weeks ago when they lost 26-24 at Wigan St Pats, Gareth Greenwood’s men though bouncing back in style last weekend when they beat fellow high flyers Wath Brow Hornets 30-4 at home.
Leigh Miners second team have a free weekend.
The u18s are away on Sunday against Portico Vine in the league.
Leigh Mines Ladies are at home on Sunday against Rochdale Hornets in the league, kick off 2pm at Twist Lane.