Leigh Miners entertain Wath Brow Hornets on Saturday in Round 14 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
Saturday’s game will also be the second leg of the Steve Prescott Foundation Trophy final with Wath Brow leading by six points on aggregate after they won 16-10 in Cleator Moor a few weeks ago.
Miners go into Saturday’s game having beaten relegation threatened York Acorn 36-34 last weekend, despite the performance being far from convincing in the end Miners where happy to get the win which keeps them in the mix with the top two Siddal and Wath Brow.
The squad have trained well this week ahead of the big game where they have a chance to claim the fourth and final piece of silverware on offer should they win with more than six points. Everyone involved though knowing that performances will have to improve in the final third of the season if they want to be in the title hunt come the end of September.
Coach Allan Coleman makes two changes from last week’s team with u18s player Robert Crompton and Ian Mort replacing Jamie King and Sam Peet who is away on holiday.
Speaking about last weekends narrow 36-34 victory at York Acorn, coach Allan Coleman said “It was a very tough game at York, they started very well but I was happy with how we responded as a team.”
“We was patient and waited for our opportunity, at the moment we are toughing it out and that is always great for teams to build a spirit.”
On this week’s game against Wath Brow, Coleman added “Saturday is a chance to claim a fourth trophy to go with last years history making treble winning season.”
“I Know we will be chomping at the bit with the team standing in our way a very good Wath Brow Hornets side”
“I guess we’re underdogs but that’s the way we like it.”
“We need to start very quick to catch the six points were trailing behind them from the first game.”
“I really hope the public turn out in numbers for a fantastic charity, We can’t wait!”
Wath Brow Hornets travel to Twist Lane in very good form having won their last five matches, with the most recent being a hard fought 24-10 victory on Wednesday night at home against Rochdale Mayfield. Ian Rooney’s men are currently in second place one point behind leaders Siddal, knowing a victory on Saturday would move them five points clear of third place Miners and win them their first bit of silverware since the league and grand final double in 2012.
Leigh Miners second team play tonight (Friday) away at Manchester Rangers in the league.
The u18s and Ladies both have free weekends.