It’s the final game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon when Leigh Miners entertain Wath Brow Hornets in a rearranged NCL Round 24 fixture, the original game scheduled at the end of September was postponed with Miners playing in the Conference Challenge Cup final against Wath Brow’s Cumbrian rivals Egremont Rangers, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
Miners start the day in fourth place on (33 points) with Wath Brow a point ahead in second to leave both teams with it all to play for knowing that victory could see them crowned Minor Premiers, while a defeat for either side could see them slip as low as sixth for Miners and fifth for Wath Brow if other results go against them, for Miners to finish top they would need to win and hope both Myton & Siddal lose their away games at Thatto Heath & West Hull respectively and for Wath Brow to finish top they would need to beat Miners and hope Myton slip up at Thatto.
Wath Brow have had an excellent season and they will be sure to have a large vocal following on Saturday looking to cheer their side onto victory. Brow go into the game full of confidence on the back of two successive wins against Skirlaugh at home (22-20) and a big 48-14 away win at Ince Rose Bridge last weekend. The teams have met twice already this year winning a game apiece, Wath Brow winning 28-20 in the league up in Cumbria back in June and Miners winning 52-6 at Twist Lane in July in the Quarter Final of the Conference Challenge Cup.
It’s another short turnaround for Miners after getting back to winning ways in Wednesday night’s 14-4 away victory at local rivals Wigan St Pats, with Saturday being Miners sixth game in twenty days all the lads are determined not to let any tired or sore bodies get in the way of finishing their season with a win before the playoffs start. Ross Bradley Aaron Gorton Luke Warburton John Woods and Steven Tooze all come back into contention after missing the St Pats game, leaving Liam Coleman Danny Jackson Shaun Marsh on the sidelines with injuries and Martin Lewis away on holiday.