THE Welfare Ground is about to stage Huddersfield’s biggest Pennine League game of the season.
Emley Moor are ready to do battle with Slaithwaite Saracens tomorrow in the First Division match of the day, and both teams couldn’t be in better form.
Leaders Slaithwaite go into the eagerly-anticipated derby clash two points clear at the top and on the back of reaching the semi-final of the Holliday Cup after a 28-6 triumph over Lindley Swifts.
Hosts Emley may be four points behind their visitors in fourth, but the fact they head into this weekend’s encounter on the back of an excellent 34-20 Holliday Cup victory at Premier Division St Joseph’s means they won’t be lacking in confidence.
As a result, anything could be possible, with Moor hoping home advantage could prove decisive against a Slaithwaite side who many are now regarding as arguably Huddersfield’s top amateur team.
But while Emley remain in buoyant mood on the back of last week’s stunning triumph, Holliday Cup holders St Joseph’s are smarting badly from that setback and will be desperate to make amends back on the League front.
And that should be achieved this weekend when they host bottom club New Earswick All Blacks, who have lost their opening five top-flight fixtures.
Newsome Panthers are proving an unstoppable force in Division II, with seven wins out of seven, and there’s nothing to suggest an eighth success won’t be secured when they entertain mid-table Morley Borough.
Last weekend the Panthers cruised to a comfortable Cup victory at fellow Second Division side Moldgreen, who will be hoping to return to winning ways at bottom club Greetland All Rounders.
After giving a good account of themselves at Slaithwaite six days ago, Lindley Swifts should have nothing to fear back on the League front.
The Third Division title-chasers are at home to third-bottom Undercliffe Wildboars when a defeat would prove a major shock.
Underbank Rangers have made a solid start in Division IV and their position will be enhanced significantly with a home win over fellow mid-table side Siddal A.
Rangers go into the clash on the back of last week’s Cup win over Division V side Meltham All Blacks, who face a tough task in their bid to return to winning ways with a trip to second-placed Woodhouse Warriors.
In Division VI, third-placed Slaithwaite A entertain second-placed Illingworth A in an eagerly-awaited clash, while Emley Moor A travel to Westgate Wolves A and St Joseph’s A are at Brighouse Rangers A.