Leigh Miners make their third trip of the season to Humberside on Saturday to take on Skirlaugh in Round 17 of the NCL, Kick off 2-30pm at Eastside Sports Centre.
Miners will be looking to bounce straight back after last week’s 36-6 defeat at Lock Lane with the lads knowing they will have to produce a much better performance than they did last Saturday if they are to come away from Humberside with the two points. A positive for Miners last week was that a few of the teams around them who are battling for a top six spot lost which keeps them still within two points of a playoff place. With Miners being short on bodies at the moment due to holidays and injuries the team is changing week after week but the team that turns out at Skirlaugh know they will have to be on the ball in both attack and defence and have a much better attitude than they had against Lock Lane after they was very flat and poor in every department of their game.
Paul Whitworth retakes the coaching reins after returning this week from a family holiday and he will have twelve of last week’s seventeen available with Liam Coleman being unavailable due to family commitments along with Gary Greenough and Joe Harrison (work) Jimmy Muir (injured) and David Wood who drops back into the second team. Coming into the side are Tom Bradbury Tom Farrimond Sean MacDonald and Luke Murfin with the final place yet to be decided. Although Miners are short on numbers this week they should have at least ten players coming back into contention for a first team jersey for next week’s massive Conference Challenge Trophy semi-final against Milford Marlins.
Skirlaugh go into Saturday’s game on the back of an excellent 36-20 home victory against Wigan St Pats which moved them off the bottom of the table into twelve position two points from safety. With Skirlaugh being in a relegation battle for the second year running they will be looking for another home victory in what is their second of four successive home fixtures to ease the pressure on themselves in their battle for survival. When the two teams met at Twist Lane earlier in the season Miners turned around a 34-12 half time deficit to snatch the game late on to win 36-34.
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The second team are away at Heysham Atoms on Saturday in the league.
The u18s have a free weekend.
Leigh Miners Ladies are away on Sunday against Wigan St Pats in the league.