ST JOSEPH’S have another good opportunity to get off the Pennine League Premier Division mark this weekend.
Last week’s 26-20 home defeat at the hands of West Bowling was their fifth from five top-flight starts.
But now they have the chance to break their duck when they host a Clayton side who have won just two of their opening eight League games at Fartown tomorrow.
With Slaithwaite Saracens having a weekend off last weekend, many of their officials may well have been at St Joseph’s for that West Bowling game, taking a sneak peak at tomorrow’s opponents ahead of making the trip to Bradford.
And it’s a game the Saracens are more than capable of winning, with Bowling’s victory at Joe’s being just their third of the campaign.
Emley Moor need to start winning games again soon so they don’t get cast adrift at the foot of the Championship Division table, although they’ll have their work cut out to secure win No2 at fourth-placed Keighley.
Newsome Panthers will be smarting from their disappointing Division I defeat at Allerton Bywater last time out and they know they’ll need to produce a vastly-improved display if they are to bounce back at third-placed Crigglestone All Blacks.
At the same time, Allerton will be buoyed by that Panthers triumph – much to the disappointment of Lindley Swifts who visit Bywater this weekend!
Once again, Underbank were a leading light on the Huddersfield front last weekend as they made it seven wins out of eight at home to Queens to keep the pressure on Third Division leaders Methley Royals.
And their second place should be maintained when they entertain mid-table Hoyland Vikings.
Could this be the weekend for the second teams of Newsome and Slaithwaite to secure their first Division V victories of the season?
They both face mid-table teams, with Newsome entertaining Wibsey Warriors and Slaithwaite at Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks.
Meltham All Blacks will be in upbeat mood after their Division V derby triumph over St Joseph’s A and they will be hopeful of building on that when they host Brighouse Rangers A, while Joe’s will be determined to bounce back at third-placed Whitehall Warriors.
Like their first team, Emley Moor’s second string have not had a great start to their Division VII season.
As a result, they find themselves second bottom of the table ahead of tomorrow’s home date against unbeaten leaders Thornhill A.
Mid-table Underbank A, however, are clearly fairing a lot better, although they face a big challenge at promotion-chasing Selby A.