National Conference League

24th April 2018, 16:30 | ncl

NCL Preview | Big games at the top this weekend

NCL Preview | Big games at the top this weekend

Premier Division | Normanton Knights v Siddal

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

2:30PM

QUEEN ELIZABETH DRIVE, NORMANTON

Normanton Knights host Siddal on Saturday in a big battle at the top end of the Premier Division. The Knights are currently in fourth place, just two points ahead of sixth place Siddal.

However, Normanton have played one game more than their opponents and a win for Siddal will see them move onto eight points.

Siddal have won the Premier Division title in the past two seasons but so far in 2018 they are six points off the top and have won three and lost three. Normanton were promoted from Division One last year and have made an impressive start to this season with just one defeat in their opening five games.

Normanton’s Matthew Norton and Siddal’s Benjamin Hinsley both have five tries to their name thus far.

Division 1 | Thornhill Trojans v York Acorn

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

2:30PM

THORNHILL SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE, THORNHILL

There is another top of the table clash as York Acorn travel to Thornhill Trojans in Division One. Despite playing one game less, the away side are on the same points as Acorn are still undefeated in 2018 with four wins and one draw.

There are four teams currently on eight points and Saturday’s fixture is a chance for both teams to make a statement.

The Trojans were promoted from Division Two in 2017 and have taken Division One in their stride as they lead the way on points difference.

Thronhill’s Joss Ratcliffe is the top try scorer so far in Division One with eight to his name but Danny Ratcliffe and York’s Jordan Potter are close behind with six each.

Division 2 | Dewsbury Moor Maroons v Wigan St Judes

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

2:30PM

HECKMONDWIKE ROAD, DEWSBURY

Dewsbury and Wigan have eight points each in Division Two and both teams sit next to each other in fourth and third.

With just two points off first place Stanningley, the winner of this match will break away to the top of the league.

St Judes have played one game more than their opponents but significantly both teams have won four and are scoring points for fun.

Wigan have one of the best attacks in Division Two as they have scored 178 points while Dewsbury have one of the best defences, conceding just 114 points in five games.

Wigan’s Connor Parkinson has six tries and Ben Fisher has converted an impressive 20 goals in five matches.

Division 3 | Beverley v Clock Face Miners

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

2:30PM

BEAVER PARK, BEVERLEY

Beverley and Clock Face Miners are the form teams so far in Division Three as both have played six and won six.

This is a match not to be missed as the two best sides in the third tier of the NCL will go head to head in a top of the table clash.

The Miners finished eighth last season but have not looked back since with a sensational start to 2018, matched by newly form side Beverley.

Coached by Hull FC and England star Scott Taylor, Beverley have scored a whopping 292 points and conceded just 82 so far this year.

Beverley’s Lewis Poskett has contributed heavily to his side’s success with 13 tries – the highest in the division while Lewis Straw has scored 109 points including 36 goals – the most by any player in Division Three this season.