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Leigh Miners return to action following the Easter break on Saturday when they take on newly promoted York Acorn in Round 3 of the NCL Kingstone Press Cider Premier Division, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane.

Miners go into Saturday’s game having made it two wins from two in the league a couple of weeks ago with a big 40-6 away win at Egremont Rangers, the win which was the first from a Miners side in Cumbria since 2010 was built on a very strong defensive effort from start to finish.

With ball in hand Miners scored eight tries from Andrew Groves, Tommy Parkinson, Lee Gittins, Danny Halliwell, Jimmy Muir, Scott O’Brien and Connor Partington who grabbed a brace. Winger Ian Mort landing four conversions with team captain Scott O’Brien taking the man of the match award.

The players will again be looking for another tough hard working defensive performance against a Acorn side who have proved to be a bit of a bogey side at Twist Lane in the past, Whilst in attack even though they have scored plenty of points in the opening two games they know that they are going to have to start improving their completion rate with it not being good enough so far this year.

On the win before Easter at Egremont, long serving hooker Danny Jones said “Obviously to get a score like that up at Egremont, I think it was a great result, something that us as a group of players haven’t done before.”

“It gives us something to build on because overall in recent years our away form has been pretty poor and if we can aim to improve that we could be in for a successful season.”

“There’s no need to get ahead of ourselves, we played well but there’s lots of room for improvement. If we keep working hard the results and the performances will come.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Danny said “As for Acorn I think we all know it’s not going to be an easy game.”

“They’re a team coming up with a point to prove and as we know with the Underbank result, if we’re not on our game there’s every chance of a slip up.”

“I think we’ve not really been at our best just yet, everything hasn’t clicked into place but I’m sure it will.”

“We need to make sure we improve again this week against a side who are very keen to take our scalp.”

And on the year ahead for the first team and himself, Jones added “I think we have to aim to emulate last year.”

“Good teams do it once and rest on their laurels but great teams go and do it again and again.”

“I’m aware that it’ll be tough but that’s got to be the aim at a club like ours.”

“Personally I just want to try and stay injury free, I tend to get a big injury each year which keeps me out for a month or two.”

“So hopefully steer clear from those injuries and to improve myself as a hooker by getting fitter and offering more in attack.”

Coach Allan Coleman will again make changes as he gives everyone in the squad a chance to impress early on in the season, Coleman having a virtually fully fit squad to choose from with only Chris Bower who is away for the weekend missing from the Egremont game and Darryl Kay who returns to training next week following a recent hernia operation unavailable for selection.

Looking back at the win at Egremont a fortnight ago, Coach Allan Coleman said “When people look at the result it sounds like a very good win, But without sounding to cocky we have a lot more to come.”

“Our completion was very poor but our defence was outstanding again, Egremont had a 90%.Completion rate so we had to defend very well.”

And on this week’s game against York Acorn, Allan added “We didn’t want to have a break at Easter we wanted to keep playing to keep the momentum going, But it is what it is.”

“There’s one thing we won’t do and that’s take anyone lightly, Acorn are very well coached by Scott Rhodes.”

“And watching them last year in the final before us they played some good rugby.”

“We need to improve our completion with ball in hand or we will find it very difficult.”

“The team will change again this week to make sure everyone gets a chance to keep the jersey, so hopefully the lads selected will do the business”

York Acorn are back in the top flight after a two year absence, winning promotion via the Division One playoffs in 2015 when they beat Normanton Knights 30-22 before the Premier Division Grand Final at Widnes. Scott Rhodes men started the year with two home Challenge Cup wins against Sharlston Rovers (36-10) and Distington (28-10) before being beaten 66-0 by local professional side York City Knights in the third round, in a game what attracted a crowd of 2293 at Bootham Cresent.

In the league the Thanet Road outfit started their league campaign with a heavy 58-12 defeat at Lock Lane and then had their Round 2 home game against Pilkington Recs postponed due to the St Helens side involvement in the Fourth round of the Challenge Cup. Acorn have had three weeks to get over and regroup following that opening day defeat and will no doubt be looking for a big performance against Miners to show that they can mix it with the big boys.

For more about York Acorn click on the link below as the York Press website previews Saturday’s game


Leigh Miners second team are away on Saturday against Blackpool Scorpions in the league.

The u18s are at home on Sunday against Portico Vine in the league, kick off 11-45am at Twist Lane.

Leigh Mines Ladies start their new season on Sunday when they travel to Rochdale Hornets in the league, Kick off 2pm.

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