Saints march on as sides gear up for a big weekend

Ralph Middlebrook.
Ralph Middlebrook.
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AS DOUBLE-HEADERS go, this weekend’s one will be a ‘biggie’ for several sides – just ask Cleckheaton.

Fourth-placed Cleck find themselves 28 points behind ECB Bradford League reigning champions and current leaders Pudsey St Lawrence ahead of tomorrow’s game at Moorend – and John Wood’s outfit will not need to be told twice of the pressing need for victory to keep their silverware hopes intact.

The following day, the Moorenders face a crunch trip to Woodlands in the second round of the Priestley Cup, a competition that they have never lifted, having finished runners-up in 2014 and 2007.

It is also a big weekend for Woodlands, with the Albert Terrace side welcoming improving New Farnley in the league, 24 hours before the cup arrival of Cleck.

Tim Jackson’s much-fancied side have had fluctuating league fortunes so far and currently sit in fourth place, having lost two of their last three matches – to Bradford and Bingley and Cleck respectively.

Despite last weekend’s loss to Farnley, Farsley still remain in an encouraging third spot and they welcome another side who have had made a fair fist of league matters so far this term in fifth-placed Lightcliffe tomorrow.

After last week’s fine win at Lightcliffe, Pudsey Congs – now out of the relegation zone – will be seeking to double up and prove it is no flash in the pan at East Bierley tomorrow.

Congs spokesperson Ralph Middlebrook said: “We feel we can be a force to be reckoned with and hope to make up a bit more ground at East Bierley.

“Apart from St Lawrence who seem to be sailing away, the division seems a bit dog-eat-dog this season.”

The top-flight’s other game sees basement club Scholes welcome Bradford and Bingley.

Alongside Woodlands’ tie with Cleck, three other intriguing Sunday Priestley Cup match-ups see aspiring Championship sides pit their wits against the big guns.

Championship B leaders Townville visit Hanging Heaton, while Wrenthorpe go to Pudsey St Lawrence. Last year’s runners-up Lightcliffe welcome Championship A frontrunners Batley in another attractive encounter. Methley host holders Bradford and Bingley and other ties see Yeadon welcome Scholes and Gomersal visit Undercliffe. Carlton visit Baildon.

Ralph Middlebrook.

Pudsey Congs plotting another big upset at league leaders Hanging Heaton