31st May 2018, 10:33 | ncl

NCL Preview | Siddal welcome Brow in headline tie

NCL Preview | Siddal welcome Brow in headline tie

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By Alastair Hancock

Premier Division | Siddal v Wath Brow Hornets




Sixth-placed Siddal host Wath Brow Hornets on Saturday with just two points separating the sides. The Hornets sit in third place on 12 points while Siddal have 10 from 10 games.

It's an eagerly-anticipated battle as both teams have finished within the top five in each season since 2012 - the year Wath Brow last topped the division after they beat Siddal on points difference with both finishing the season on 36 points.

Siddal have finished top of the league for the past two years and if the last meeting is anything to go by, we are in for a classic as in September 2017, Siddal picked up a crucial two points in their pursuit of top spot after a 20-22 win.

Players to look out for are Curtis Teare of Wath Brow, who has eight tries in 10 games and two Man of the Match performances, while Benjamin Hinsley of Siddal is close behind on seven tries in 10.

Division 1 | Lock Lane v Shaw Cross Sharks




It's top versus bottom on Saturday in Division One as Lock Lane welcome Shaw Cross Sharks in a Yorkshire derby. It has been a contrasting 2018 so far for both sides as Lock Lane sit first with 14 points from 10 games, however, Shaw Cross have only picked up two wins this year and sit rock bottom.

A win for either side would be vital in their opposing aims for 2018, as two points for the home side would tighten their grip on top spot, whereas a victory for the Sharks would see them move off the foot of the table.

Lock Lane came out on top on both occasions the sides met last year as a 26-32 triumph in May was followed by a more comfortable 52-8 thrashing two months later.

Craig Savage has the most Man of the Match Awards in Division One so far with seven, and he has as many tries in eight games for Lock Lane.

Division 2 | Dewsbury Moor Maroons v Hull Dockers




Four points separate Dewsbury and Hull, with the home side sitting in second place ahead of the Dockers who are sixth.

It is contrasting fortunes for the two sides as the Moor Maroons who were promoted from the third tier last year have two more wins than Hull who were relegated from Division Two in 2017.

Two points for the home side would see them move onto 16 points - joint first with Stanningley but a win for the Dockers would move the visitors into the top four.

Hull's Lewis and Daniel Suddaby and Craig Cook all have six tries to their name so far this season.

Division 3 | Eastmoor Dragons v Clock Face Miners




A fiercely contested bout will take place between Eastmoor Dragons and Clock Face Miners this weekend as both sides sit next to each other in the Division Three table.

The Miners are above the Dragons by a point and a win for either side will see them close the gap on runaway leaders Beverley.

Last season, Eastmoor finished 13 points ahead of their opponents and they did the double over Clock Face too with a 32-10 win in June and a 28-30 triumph in August.

Eastmoor's Adrien Mulcahy is the second highest try scorer in the third tier so far in 2018 with 13 in nine appearances. Mulcahy is also top of the Man of the Match leaderboard with four excellent performances.