Leigh Miners will make their final league visit of season to Humberside on Saturday when they take on NCL Champions West Hull in Round 17 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at West Hull Community Park.
Miners travel up the M62 in good form having won their last five matches but know if they are going to extend their unbeaten run to six matches, they are going to have to lift their performance on Saturday up a couple of notches if they are to return home with the two points against arguably the best side in the country at present. Despite scoring plenty of points in the last five matches, the Miners attack as still been very scrappy and will need to improve over the coming weeks with some big games coming up. The lads have been working hard in training this week to improve their attacking structure and know they have to be more respectful of the ball to get a much higher percentage rate than they have in recent weeks, along with having better communication as a group with ball in hand and be much more smarter in there decision making.
Coach Paul Whitworth will make four changes from the side that beat Hull Dockers with Chris Bower Ellis Grimes and Jack Probert all being away on holiday along with Todd Appleby who drops back down to the second team to play in the cup final. Coming back into the side are Gary Gittins, Martin Gray, Sean MacDonald and Mike O’Boyle who makes his debut having recently signed from NCL Division one side Eccles.
West Hull go into Saturdays game on the back of 9 successive victories to see them sit in second position in the table, level on points (24) with leaders Siddal but with a game in hand of their arch rivals. The NCL champions look to be even stronger than last year despite losing a host of their grand final winning team, signing Lee & Sam Cator, Carl Puckering, Scott Partis, Lee Roberts and Ryan Steen from the disbanded East Hull as well as having an excellent production line coming up from their successful u18s side. Wests like Miners are unbeaten at home in 2014 and having already beaten Miners 24-16 in the Inaugural Steve Prescott Foundation Charity Shield at the end of February they will be confident of keeping that unbeaten home record intact and extend their run of victories to keep up their charge towards top spot.
Leigh Miners 2nd team travel to Golborne Parkside on Saturday to take on Rochdale Mayfield in the NWML Trophy Final,Kick off 2-30pm. Match preview http://www.leighminersrangers.net/openage/2nd-team-nwml-trophy-final/
The u18s have free weekend.
Leigh Miners Ladies are at home on Sunday in the league against Oulton Raidettes, Kick off 2pm at Twist Lane.