Leigh Miners travel North up the M6 to Cumbria on Saturday to take on Wath Brow Hornets in Round 7 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at The Clubhouse.
Miners will travel to Wath Brow in a confident mood having beaten Hunslet Warriors 38-14 at Twist Lane last weekend in a win that what was dedicated to club legend Bob Dowling who sadly passed away last week. Shaun Dowie Lee Gittins and Mathew Meaden all having excellent individual games in what was a strong team performance to move Miners up into seventh position in the league. With competition for places hotting up within the open age the seventeen selected on Saturday know they will have to perform to stay in the side or risked being replaced by lads who are hungry for a first team jersey playing well in the second team. The squad know a victory will move them into the top six over Easter and for them to gain that victory they will have to produce a performance of the highest order against a Wath Brow side who will be smarting after losing back to back home games for the first time in many a year.
Coaches Allan Coleman & Paul Whitworth will have a selection headache for all the right reasons on Saturday when a host of players come back into contention after missing last week to leave them with some tough choices to make on who makes the match day squad for the trip to Cumbria, Aaron Gorton Andrew Groves Danny Jackson Sean MacDonald Adam Thomason and Jonny Youds will all be looking for a place back in the seventeen. Ellis Grimes and Scott O’Brien are the only absentees from last week with both being away on holiday. Danny Jones and Darryl Kay both miss the game threw injury and are expected to be out of action until the back end of May.
Wath Brow Hornets go into Saturdays encounter without a win in their last three games after losing successive home games against West Hull and Thatto Heath Crusaders which come as a big shock with the Cleator Moor outfit having a near perfect home record in recent years and drawing 12-12 away at East Leeds last weekend. Brow will be looking to get back on track this weekend by avoiding a third home defeat of the season and move back up the table from sixth after slipping down the ladder in recent weeks.
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Leigh Miners 2nd team are at home on Saturday against Wigan St Pats in the league, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
The u18s and Ladies side both have a free week with it being Easter weekend.