Emley Moor have spent the opening weeks of the Pennine League season waiting in the wings.
But tomorrow, this year’s beaten Holliday Cup finalists get their new campaign under way when they host Thornhill Trojans A in Division IV.
Moor have stepped down a couple of divisions from the end of last season due to a reduction in squad strength.
As a result, their opening fixture will create a fair amount of interest, as they host a Thornhill side who opened their campaign with an eye-catching 19-6 home win over Meltham All Blacks last weekend.
At the same time, that result has obviously left the All Blacks smarting and they’ll be looking to find an immediate response at Whinmoor.
Bouncing back is also on Slaithwaite Saracens’ agenda this weekend.
After losing at King Cross Park in the Championship Division a week ago, they now face another testing trip to Bradford to face Queensbury.
In contrast, Newsome Panthers are in upbeat mood following their derby triumph over St Joseph’s in Championship I Division, and they’ll be looking to build on that win at Batley Boys.
Joes, on the other hand, will be aiming to get back to winning ways at home to Birkenshaw, while fellow Championship I club Lindley Swifts host Ossett Trinity.
In Division II, Underbank Rangers will be determined to make home advantage count against Undercliffe Wildboars, and Slaithwaite A will be looking to do the same when they entertain Brighouse Rangers A in Division V.