Leigh Miners attentions turn to the Conference Challenge Trophy on Saturday, when they take on Ince Rose Bridge in the first round, kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.
Miners go into Saturdays game on the back of a 40-0 away defeat at Wath Brow Hornets last weekend, a much changed side from the previous week at Egremont started the game brightly and there was plenty of effort from start to finish, but early injuries to Joe Lorimer and Jonny Youds forced Miners to reshuffle and that took its toll as the game went on against a good Wath Brow side with some players having to play longer minutes than usual.
Training as gone well this week ahead of what is a massive game for the club this weekend, with Miners being in an unexpected relegation battle in the league the Conference Challenge Trophy is the only realistic chance of any silverware coming to Twist Lane in 2017.
The lads are looking forward to this weeks game in what will be a tough challenging contest against a fired up Rose Bridge side, and with being in a poor position in the league they are determined to get themselves a much needed win in the cup to boost the morale ahead of some important league games over the coming weeks.
Coach Dave Rowlands who this week took over as head coach, will have Tom Wood as his assistant and the helping hands of Allan Coleman & Paul Whitworth behind the scenes if needed.
Rowlands makes 8 changes from the side that played at Wath Brow last weekend with Todd Fenlon, Lewis Grimes, Brad Hargreaves, Danny Jones, Ethan Jones, Elliot Liku, Joe Lorimer and Jonny Youds being replaced by Mitchell Cox, Robert Crompton, Aaron Gorton, Martin Gray, Jimmy Muir, Mark Nicholson, Mike O’Boyle and Adam Thomason.
Ince Rose Bridge make the short journey across the borough struggling in the league as well, winning two from their eleven matches played at the half way point of the season.
In recent weeks though they have come close to beating runaway Division One leaders Underbank Rangers and Hunslet Club Parkside and with the return of a few players which include former Warrington Wolves prop Paul Wood, Rose Bridge will no doubt be confident of coming to Leigh and getting the victory.
The u18s are at home on Sunday against Wigan St Judes in the semi final of the Lancashire Cup, Kick off 11-45am at Twist Lane.
Leigh Miners second team and Ladies side both have free weekends.