Leigh Miners play their final home game of the season on Saturday when they take on new crowned minor premiers Siddal in Round 21 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
Miners go into Saturday’s game on the back of a last minute defeat away at Kells last weekend, travelling to Cumbria with sixteen men with six of those being from this years u18s title winning side Miners where on top in the first half and fully deserved their 20-10 lead at the break. In the second half a poor opening ten minutes saw a ten point advantage turn into a eight point deficit after conceding three soft tries, the lads battled back with two tries of their own to tie the game up at 28-28 before a controversial late penalty goal won the game for Kells and see Miners drop down to third in the table.
This week the team that as been selected to take on Siddal know they are going to match them physically and be at their best for the full eighty minutes if they are to get the victory against a very good side, the lads are looking forward to that challenge as they look to get themselves back in the top two with a win and keep their 100% record at Twist Lane in the league for the second year running.
Coach Allan Coleman makes five changes from last weeks game at Kells with Matt Astley, Robert Crompton, Martin Gray, Ian Mort, Mike O’Boyle and Dave Rowlands replacing Will Ashworth, Joe Digby, Kyle Disley, Lewis Grimes and Jordan Hellam.
Siddal make the journey over the Pennines having wrapped up the minor premiership last weekend with a 36-12 home victory against Egremont Rangers, the Halifax outfit have a six point lead at the top of the table going into this game and have been the standout side from the very start of the season this year with them winning seventeen of their twenty games played so far.
When the two teams met earlier in the season at Chevinedge, Siddal ran out comfortable 36-6 winners.
Leigh Miners second team are playing away on Saturday against Rochdale Mayfield in the league.
The u18s have a free weekend.
Leigh Miners Ladies are away on Sunday against Brighouse Rangers in Round 10 of the Women’s Super Six series.