National Conference League

19th April 2018, 11:09 | ncl

NCL preview | Rivalry weekend

NCL preview | Rivalry weekend

By Alastair Hancock

Premier Division | Wath Brow Hornets v Egremont Rangers

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
2:30PM
THE CLUB HOUSE, WATH BROW

Wath Brow and Egremont have both made fantastic starts to the 2018 season and the Hornets and Rangers will go head-to-head on Saturday in a massive local clash.

The home side are third in the Premier Division but have played a game more than their opponents who sit in second place.

Both teams have eight points and are two behind the leaders Hunslet Club Parkside.

The Hornets came out on top in the two games where the sides met last season, as they eased to a 0-25 triumph in March and won 22-16 in the reverse fixture.

The battle of the joint top two try scorers will be on show as Wath Brow’s Curtis Teare and Egremont’s Matthew Bewsher lead the way with five tries each so far this year.

Division 1 | Featherstone Lions v Oulton Raiders

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
2:30PM
WAKEFIELD ROAD, FEATHERSTONE

Just seven miles separates Featherstone and Oulton and both teams collide on Saturday in a top of the table bust up.

The Lions and the Raiders have the same record so far in 2018 with three wins and one loss each with the hosts in third and above their visitors on points difference.

Both sides' only defeat in Division 1 so far has come against York Acorn. The Lions lost 20-12 while Oulton ran a close game 36-32.

The last time the two sides met was in 2016 as Featherstone took the points on both occasions. They took a 20-18 victory in April and won 18-30 in August.

Since then, Oulton have been relegated to Division 2 but they gained promotion back to Division 1 last year.

Division 2 | Stanningley v East Leeds

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
5:05PM
THE ARTHUR MILLER STADIUM, LEEDS
LIVE on FreeSports from 5.00pm

Another local fixture is set to take place this weekend as first place Stanningley entertain East Leeds in the late 5.05pm kick off.

East Leeds are ninth in Division Two and are six points behind Saturday's opponents. Stanningley have set the pace in 2018 with four wins from six games.

Stanningley’s Benjamin Selby leads the try scoring list as his six to his name with Jack Smith just behind him on four.

East Leeds' James Duckworth also has four tries so far this season.

Division 3 | Dewsbury Celtic v Oldham St Annes

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
2:30PM
CROW NEST PARK, DEWSBURY

Dewsbury are at home to Oldham on Saturday and both sides have the chance to pull away from one another. Celtic and St Annes have four points each but Millom separate the two in seventh place on points difference.

They have each won two and loss two so far in 2018. Both sides responded to their defeats, both against Clock Face Miners, as St Annes beat Woolston Rovers and Celtic thrashed Waterhead Warriors.

When the teams faced each other last year, the home side on each occasion prevailed.

Celtic’s Paul Foulstone has six tries while Oldham’s Callum Patrick is just behind on five.

Check out all of this weekend's fixtures HERE.