Leigh Miners return to action on Saturday after a two week break when they take on Skirlaugh in Round 21 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
Miners will be going into Saturdays fixture all freshened up with them being without game since the 16th August when they lost 20-4 away at playoff rivals Siddal. That defeat along with last weekends results dropping Miners down to 6th in the table with six games remaining. With current NCL Champions West Hull flying high at the top of the table and looking a good bet to clinch the minor premiership, Miners highest possible finish realistically is second position and to have any chance of finishing that high they are going to have to string a good run of results together during the final weeks of the season. The lads have trained really well during the last few weeks in preparation for this game and are determined to finish the season strong against some tough opposition as they know they can’t really afford any defeats with both East Leeds and Egremont Rangers both hot on the tails of the top six.
Coaches Allan Coleman and Paul Whitworth will make at least three changes from the Siddal game with Gary Gittins (injured) Mathew Meaden (holiday) and Jimmy Muir (suspended) all unavailable. Captain Scott O’Brien returns to the side with Leon Brennan, Liam Coleman, Andrew Groves, Mark Nicholson and Dave Rowlands all coming into contention for a place in the seventeen.
Skirlaugh will be travelling to Twist Lane full of confidence having won their last two matches, beating local rivals West Hull before the Challenge Cup break and then hammering Wigan St Judes at home last weekend to move them out of the bottom three on points difference. When the two teams met at the end of March in Round 5 the game ended in a 24-24 draw.
Leigh Miners 2nd team are away at Wigan St Pats on Saturday in the league, Kick off 1pm at Clarington Park. St Pats are currently three points clear of second place Miners so it really is a must win game for Mick Blakely’s men if they are to have any chances of winning the league and cup this year.
The u18s played last night (Thursday) at home against Wigan St Pats, winning 38-14 at Twist Lane. On Sunday they are away at local rivals Leigh East in the league.
Leigh Miners Ladies have a free weekend