ST JOSEPH’S and Slaithwaite Saracens will tomorrow attempt to play their Holliday Cup semi-final at Fartown for a third time.
Attempts to stage the eagerly-anticipated last-four clash of the amateur rugby league showpiece in January and February were thwarted because of the cold snap.
But hopes are high it could be third time lucky when Pennine League Premier Division side St Joseph’s host the Holliday Cup holders and unbeaten Second Division Saracens this weekend, with the right to meet Newsome Panthers in the final at Lockwood Park on Easter Monday.
As well as the big Holliday Cup clash, there are three first-round ties in the newly-named James Joseph Conlan Memorial Trophy.
Formerly known as the Supplementary Cup, the games in the handicap knock-out competition see Slaithwaite A entertain Lindley Swifts, Newsome Panthers A host St Joseph’s A and Meltham All Blacks at home to Emley Moor A.
Several other clubs, however, are gearing up for Pennine League action.
Emley Moor will be confident of remaining in the leading First Division pack when they host mid-table Wyke, while Moldgreen will look to make a move up the table with a trip to second-bottom Keighley Town.
In Division II, third-placed Newsome shouldn’t be lacking in confidence when they go to struggling Boothtown Terriers, and in Division III, Holmfirth’s Underbank Rangers face a tough home test against the leaders, Wortley Dragons.