29th March 2018, 13:51 | ncl

NCL preview | Two big Easter fixtures

NCL preview | Two big Easter fixtures

By Alastair Hancock

Premier Division | Wath Brow Hornets v Kells

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

4:15PM - Live on Freesports TV.

SPORTS CLUB, CLEATOR

The one game from the Premier Division in the NCL this weekend comes from Cleator as Wath Brow Hornets host Kells.

Having played a game less than their opponents, Kells sit fourth in the league and three places above the Hornets who are seventh after just one win from their three games so far in 2018.

Kells have opened the season well with a win and a draw and they will be looking to continue their undefeated start when they make the short seven-mile trip.

The sides met three times last year with Wath Brow dominating the fixture with three wins, albeit very tight scorelines.

They both met in the play-offs and the Hornets won 20-16. They then beat Rochdale Mayfield to reach the semi-final stage but lost against Thatto Heath Crusaders who went onto win the Premier Division title.

Hornets player Curtis Teare is the top try scorer in the first tier so far in 2018 with four to his name and he will be hoping to add to his tally on Saturday.

Kells will be looking for revenge for last season’s three defeats against the Hornets, however, the home side will be eager to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Wigan St Patricks last weekend.

Division 3 | Stanley Rangers v Gateshead Storm

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

2:30PM

LEE MOOR ROAD, STANLEY

The only game from Division 3 in the NCL this weekend sees Stanley Rangers play Gateshead Storm at Lee Moor Road.

Both sides sit bottom of the league with neither managing to pick up any points from their opening games.

Stanley have lost all three of theirs, while Gateshead lost their only game against Barrow Island.

When the teams met last year, the Storm came out on top on both occasions. They won at Rangers 28-8 in June and then on the final day of the regular rounds, as they demolished their opponents in an eye-opening 100-1 win.

The Storm scored 17 tries that day and missed just one goal attempt.

This is a game not to be missed, as Rangers will be looking to make amends of their 100-1 defeat last year and both teams will be hopeful of getting their first win in 2018.