Boys’ big derby tussle – Victoria eye promotion push
IT PROMISES to be an intriguing derby clash on Saturday as Batley Boys travel to face Dewsbury Celtic in Yorkshire League Division Two (2pm).
Both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeats last weekend.
The Boys slipped to their first league loss this term, 30-24 at home to third-placed Moorends, while Celtic, who stand second, lost 16-0 in their top-two clash at unbeaten leaders York Acorn A who now hold a two-point advantage.
The Boys are fourth in the table, three points behind Celtic, but they have played two games fewer and know victory at Crow Nest Park will see them nicely in the hunt for league honours.
Celtic will be desperate to seal a victory and keep in touch with Acorn, who will be hot favourites to return from second-bottom Wakefield City with a win.
In Division Three, Shaw Cross A missed the chance to go top of the table after a narrow 32-29 defeat by visitors Ryhill Hammers.
Cross A are third on points difference behind leaders Castleford Panthers A and Methley Royals, having played two games more, so will be anxious to clinch victory at ninth-placed Crofton Cougars A.
Fourth-placed White Rose, who lost 22-16 at home to Methley last week, have a blank date this Saturday.
n Birstall Victoria will bid to enhance their promotion prospects in Pennine League Division One East at Kippax Welfare.
An excellent 22-18 home win over leaders New Earswick All Blacks last weekend saw them stay fourth and close to within three points of top spot. Dewsbury Moor and Ossett Trinity are both a point better off in second and third respectively so Victoria know the importance of taking maximum points at Kippax.
Moor visit Earswick in a top-two tussle so something will have to give there while Ossett, who slipped against lowly Ackworth last Saturday, will fancy their chances at bottom-club Westgate Wolves who are still searching for their first point this term.