Leigh Miners make the journey up the M62 to Humberside on Saturday to take on West Hull in the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division Final Eliminator Playoff, Kick off 2-30pm at West Hull Community Park.
Miners travel to Hull on the back of a hard fought 32-24 elimination semi final playoff victory against Rochdale Mayfield last weekend, after being under the pump for the opening twenty five minutes and finding themselves 8-0 down against a very good Mayfield outfit, Miners dug deep and scored two tries in two minutes from u18s players Will Ashworth and Robert Crompton. Full back Jonny Youds converting both tries and a penalty goal to send Miners into the sheds at half time 14-12 in front.
The second half was again nip and tuck with both sides giving it there all in the hope of progressing into the next round of the playoffs, with the score at 26-24 to Miners going into the closing stages the game was decided in the last minute when a big defensive play from captain Scott O’Brien saw Mayfield lose possession on their own line, second rower Mark Nicholson picking up the ball and crashing over to seal the contest for The Miners.
Ahead of this Saturdays final eliminator in Hull there has been a lot of emphasis at training this week on defence, with the lads knowing that if they stiffen that up against a young and lively West Hull side it will go along way in securing them a place in the grand final for a second successive year.
Coach Allan Coleman makes two changes from the side that beat Rochdale Mayfield last weekend with Lee Gittins and Sam Peet coming into the side for Chris Bower who is away for the weekend in London and Jimmy Muir who this week went away on a family holiday to Florida.
West Hull go into Saturdays game on the back of a 22-6 grand final qualifier defeat away at Siddal last weekend, Mark Hewitt’s men who won back to back titles in 2013 & 2014 have had a excellent season after going through a difficult rebuilding stage last year and they will no doubt be looking to make the most of their second bite at the cherry which they got for finishing second by making home advantage count against Leigh Miners.
In previous meetings between the two sides this year it is one apiece, with Miners winning the first game between the sides at Twist Lane in May 36-4 and West Hull winning in June on home soil 32-18.
For the West Hull game preview on the Hull Daily Mail website visit