Leigh Miners make the long trip up to Cumbria on Saturday to take on Wath Brow Hornets in Round 15 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at The Clubhouse.
Miners travel up the M6 in good spirits after last week’s backs to the wall victory against Lock Lane. Producing a very workman like performance in a real team effort from start to finish, with all seventeen lads playing their part in a well deserved 30-12 win. The win moving Miners up into third position in the Premier Division as well as keeping their unbeaten home record in 2015 intact.
With no fewer than ten players missing the trip to Wath Brow who have been regulars this season due to injuries, holidays, work, weddings and BARLA tours, this week will again require a massive team effort if Miners are to pick up a much needed away win. With the players knowing they are going to have to back their enthusiasm up with being smart in attack and very tough in defence if they are to end the home sides recent excellent run of results and boost their own chances of finishing in a good playoff spot come October.
With Paul Whitworth away on holiday, Coach Allan Coleman makes five changes from the side that beat Lock Lane last weekend. Missing the trip to Cumbria are Darryl Appleby, Martin Gray (Wedding), Joe Harrison (Work), Joe Lorimer (u18s) and Mike O’Boyle (Work commitments). Coming into the side are Harry Gagen, Gary Gittins, Ellis Grimes, Andrew Groves and Connor Partington.
Speaking about last week’s win against Lock Lane, coach Allan Coleman said “It was a great training session on Thursday which set the platform for a fantastic performance on Saturday from the lads.”
“With senior players missing in numbers, I thought as a group we really focused on being together on Saturday.”
“Our line speed was fantastic together with contact and aggression.
We also completed very well at times in both half’s which was great to see.”
“I thought Mick O’Boyle was fantastic, He’s a player who plays for the team. I cant thank him enough for keep playing in different roles week in week out.”
Looking ahead to this week’s game at Wath Brow, Coleman added “We need to take all the positives from last week and put them into this week.”
“This will be our toughest challenge. Wath Brow are the form team, winning their last seven games and that is very difficult to achieve in this league.”
“We need to complete high again, but most of all defend tough.”
“You could see on Saturday when we conceded we was absolutely gutted, we need to have that week in week out.”
“The lads who came in last week will keep there jerseys after impressing me so much.”
Wath Brow are the form team of the competition going into Saturday’s game, winning their last seven games in league and cup, the most recent being a 18-16 home victory last weekend against Siddal. The win moving Brow up into eighth position on 12 points, three points off a playoff spot with two and three games in hand of most of the sides above them.
Ian Rooney’s men where riddled with injuries early in the season, but are now back at virtually full strength as they look to continue their impressive run of results and push towards cementing a playoff spot over the next couple of months. The Hornets are also in with a shout of making their first Conference Challenge Trophy final in a couple of weeks time, taking on their local rivals Egremont Rangers in the semi final.
When the two teams met at Twist Lane in Round 6, Miners where made to work hard by a young Wath Brow side before going onto win 32-8 with the tries coming from Brad Hargreaves, Danny Jackson (2), Tommy Parkinson and Scott O’Brien (2).
Leigh Miners second team are away on Saturday against Bury Broncos in the league.
The u18s are at home on Sunday against Bank Quay Bulls in the league, Kick off 11-45am at Twist Lane.
Leigh Miners Ladies are away at Bradford Thunderbirds on Sunday in the league.