12th April 2018, 09:48 | ncl

NCL Preview | Leeds derby set for live TV

NCL Preview | Leeds derby set for live TV

By Alastair Hancock

Premier Division | Egremont Rangers v Underbank Rangers




The feature game from the Premier Division comes from Gillfoot Park as Egremont host Underbank in what is a fiercely-anticipated battle of the Rangers.

Egremont sit second while Underbank are fifth with just two points separating the two teams.

The home side have an extra win over their opponents, however, Egremont suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend away at Normanton Knights.

Underbank put their two defeats in a row to an end on Saturday as they edged a 36-34 victory against Myton Warriors.

The visitors were promoted to NCL's first tier in 2017 after finishing second in Division 1.

Underbank's Courtney Allette and Egremont's Fraser McNee are the joint top try scorers in the Premier Division so far with four each respectively.

Egremont's Matthew Bewsher has solely contributed to 40 points in four games, which is the highest in the league.

Division 1 | Oulton Raiders v Milford Marlins




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First-placed Milford travel to Oulton on Saturday and a win for the Marlins could see them extened their lead at the top of Division 1, depending on other results.

The Raiders are fifth in the league and three points behind Milford but they do have a game in hand on their local rivals.

Marlins are still undefeated in 2018 with three wins and one draw.

The two teams last met in 2016 and they shared the spoils in the two league games they played with Raiders taking a 16-22 triumph in May and Marlins winning 14-24 in September.

Milford's Dwaine Mcrae and Joshua Cawood both have two tries each so far in 2018.

Division 2 | East Leeds v Dewsbury Moor Maroons




East Leeds are yet to lose in 2018 but find themselves seventh in the Division 2 table. They have two points to their name despite winning all three games thus far, as they were deducted four points for a non-fulfilment of a play-off fixture last season.

After promotion from Division 3 last year, the Maroons have made an impressive start to 2018.

The Moor are two places above their opponents on four points, however, they have lost a game as they were beaten by Askam, who are top of the division.

East Leeds' James Duckworth, the former Leeds Rhinos and Featherstone Rovers winger, is the joint top try scorer in the third tier with four tries in three games and one man of the match award.

Division 3 | Stanley Rangers v Beverley




Stanley Rangers welcome Beverley at Ferry Lane on Saturday in a top versus bottom clash.

Rangers are tenth with just the one win so far which came in their last match two weeks ago against Gateshead Storm.

However, it's a contrasting story for Beverley who have won all four of their games so far, the latest coming against Salford City Roosters last Saturday.

Their 68-8 thrashing of the Roosters saw Scott Taylor's side continue their 100 per cent start to the season and they are first in the league, albeit on points difference, with Clock Face Miners.

Beverley have scored an impressive 163 points and conceded just 46 points thus far with Lewis Straw contributing to 57 of those points with five tries, 18 goals and one drop goal.

Blain Marwood is also on five tries but Lewis Poskett leads the league try scoring charts with nine to his name already.