Amateur RL: Officials hoping for end to the big freeze

AMATEUR rugby league officials will once again be keeping an anxious eye on the weather as they plan for their weekend fixtures.

AMATEUR rugby league officials will once again be keeping an anxious eye on the weather as they plan for their weekend fixtures.

Last week’s programme was completely wiped out as the big freeze took its toll, and with temperatures again expected to remain below zero, the outlook is looking fairly bleak.

Among the games that fell victim to the weather a week ago was Underbank Rangers’ Challenge Cup preliminary round clash at Cumbrian club Seaton Rangers, and the clubs now attempt to have another go tomorrow.

Closer to home, there’s a big game planned for Slaithwaite Saracens.

The Pennine League Premier Division side are at home to Moorends Thorne Marauders in the quarter-final of the President’s Cup and, with their opponents plying their trade in Division I, the Huddersfield club should be confident of reaching the semi-final of the Pennine League’s most prestigious knockout competition.

But for the town’s other clubs, it’s down to League business, with St Joseph’s facing a Premier relegation scrap at West Bowling.

Emley Moor are also in action against a fellow struggler in the Championship Division when they host King Cross Park.

The biggest game of the day, however, is in Division II where Lindley Swifts take on Newsome Panthers in a big derby tussle.

Underbank Rangers’ Third Division title bid should remain on course when they visit bottom club Keighley A, while in Division IV Newsome’s second string are at home to Littleborough A and Slaithwaite A visit Drighlington A.

Division V side St Joseph’s A are ready to entertain leaders Queensbury A and Meltham All Blacks are at second-placed Farnley Falcons.

And Underbank A host Queensbury B in Division VII.

 
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