Leigh Miners entertain West Hull on Saturday in Round 8 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off at the slightly later time of 3pm at Twist Lane.
The days action kicks off at 12-45pm with the second team who had a very good 34-4 derby win against Leigh East last weekend, taking on Manchester Rangers in the league.
Miners go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 38-20 away defeat at Pilkington Recs last weekend, in what was a very poor and flat performance throughout. The defeat which was the first in league this year dropping Miners off top spot at the expense of Siddal who are now the only team in the Premier Division with a 100% record.
The players have again worked hard this week in training as they look to end their little poor run of results on Saturday. Knowing if they fail to turn up like they did last week, they will be in for a long afternoon against a good West Hull outfit. That is something they are keen to avoid after already slipping to two home defeats in cup competitions this year, with home form in the league being vital if you want to have any realistic chances of finishing top of the league come the end of September.
Coach Allan Coleman makes six changes from last weeks team with Andrew Groves (injured), Jimmy Muir (holiday), Mark Nicholson, Allan Nuttall, Tom Parkinson (injured) and Sam Peet (work) all dropping out of the seventeen. Coming into the side are Lee Gittins, Danny Jones, Mike O’Boyle, Gareth Paine, Ryan Peters and Connor Ratcliffe.
Briefly speaking about last week’s defeat at Pilkington Recs, coach Allan Coleman said “I thought last week was our worst performance for two years.”
“We just didn’t turn up.”
Looking ahead to this week’s game against West Hull, Coleman added “The lads are training hard and we will improve, but it’s tough when everyone expects top performance week in week out.”
“Saturday against West Hull should be a great game, We are second, they are third and we both like to play fast attacking rugby.”
“We will look forward to putting things right from the last couple of weeks and it starts Saturday.”
West Hull travel to Leigh having bounced back from their shock Conference Challenge Trophy defeat against Leigh East a fortnight ago, by beating Egremont Rangers 24-8 at home last weekend. The win being the Green and Golds fifth win from seven outings in the league this year, moving them into joint second position with Miners who they will no doubt be confident of leapfrogging on Saturday afternoon.
For more about West Hull, click on the link below as the Hull Daily Mail website previews tomorrow’s game.
The u18s are at home on Sunday against Thatto Heath Crusaders in the league, Kick off 11-45am at Twist Lane.
Leigh Mines Ladies are away on Sunday against Bradford Bulls in the league.