8th June 2018, 15:59 | ncl

NCL Preview | Huge games across the leagues

NCL Preview | Huge games across the leagues

Big games across the NCL this weekend.

Premier Division | Egremont Rangers v Thatto Heath Crusaders




Egremont host Thatto Heath in a top four clash at North Road this weekend. Rangers are second in the Premier Division and are four points ahead of the fourth-placed Crusaders who have 12 points from 10 games.

However, Egremont have played a game more than their opponents and a win for the home side will see them close the gap on table toppers Hunslet Club Parkside.

The two sides have already met in 2018, as the Crusaders came out on top with a 29-19 triumph.

Egremont's Matthew Henson leads the try scoring charts so far with 11 in nine appearances, including three Man of the Match performances, while Matthew Bewsher has the highest amount of points scored by an induvial with 94 to his name.

Will it be revenge or repeat on Saturday?

Division 1 | Leigh Miners Rangers v Milford Marlins




Leigh welcome Milford to Twist Lane on Saturday with both sides sitting next to each other in the Division One table.

Both teams have 14 points from 10 games and a win for either will see them move level with top two Lock Lane and Thornhill Trojans.

The Miners are in good form of late winning five from five, whereas the Marlins' run of three consecutive victories came to a halt last weekend as they drew 30-30 with York Acorn.

This is the first league meeting between the two sides in over six years, as Leigh were relegated from the first tier in 2017.

Marlins' James Barker is currently third in the try scoring list with eight from nine games and Leigh’s Adam Thomason is close behind with seven.

Division 2 | Stanningley v Askam




Askam travel to Division Two leaders Stanningley on Saturday. The Yorkshire side are six points ahead of the visitors, as they have lost just two in 11 games thus far. Askam have 12 points from 10 games and sit fifth in the table.

Stanningley can extend their advantage at the top with a win but two points for Askam would see them climb to third.

The home side are in terrific form – winning the last eight games with their last defeat coming against Wigan St Judes in March. The sides last met in 2016, as Askam comfortably took four points starting with a 0-42 thrashing in July and followed by a 40-20 triumph a month later.

Stanningley's Benjamin Selby and Askam's Russell Bolton both have 10 tries each so far in 2018.

Division 3 | Stanley Rangers v Salford City Roosters




A scuffle between Stanley and Salford will take place on Saturday as both sides are fighting at the bottom end of Division Three.

Rangers sit in 12th place, while the Roosters are two places higher in 10th but just two points separate the teams.

Stanley have won just one of their 10 games, as they have been on the back end of some heavy defeats, the latest coming against Barrow Island last weekend in a 90-12 calamity. Salford are similar in form too, as they have lost four games in a row, the last against Oldham St Annes in a 50-6 reverse.

The teams last met in 2016 when they were in Division Two and both got one over the other but in the end, Stanley were relegated.