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3rd May 2018, 10:59 | 

NCL preview | crunch ties at the top and bottom

NCL preview | crunch ties at the top and bottom

By Alastair Hancock

Premier Division | Hunslet Club Parkside v Normanton Knights

SATURDAY, MAY 5

2:30PM

BELLE ISLE ROAD, LEEDS

Hunslet Club Parkside host Normanton Knights in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. The home side sit securely in first place and are six points ahead of Normanton who are fourth.

Both sides have had positive starts to the season, more so Hunslet as they are still unbeaten, winning all seven matches, the latest coming against Wigan St Pats last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Knights have endured a dip in form of late after successive defeats against West Hull and Siddal. However, Normanton won this fixture 6-12 in Division One last year and there will be renewed optimism that they can inflict a first loss of the season at Belle Isle Road.

Both teams are new to the Premier Division in 2018 after securing promotion from Division 1 in 2017.

Division 1 | Shaw Cross Sharks v Leigh Miners Rangers

SATURDAY, MAY 5

2:30PM

LEEDS ROAD, DEWSBURY

An important game down at the bottom takes place in Division One on Saturday as Shaw Cross Sharks welcome Leigh Miners Rangers to Leeds Road.

Shaw Cross have played six games thus far and have only recorded one win which came on the opening day of the season against Ince Rose Bridge.

The visitors have won three and lost three.

Rangers were relegated to the second tier of the NCL last year while Shaw Cross finished in eighth place in Division One.

Leigh's Joe Digby has scored three tries in five games in 2018.

Division 2 | East Leeds v Hunslet Warriors

SATURDAY, MAY 5

2:30PM

EAST ROAD, LEEDS

Leeds and Hunslet go head to head in a big Yorkshire derby on Saturday.

Both teams go into the game on four points but Leigh East separate them in eighth place in the Division Two table.

Leeds and Hunslet last met in 2016 in Division One and both games were memorable with a 20-20 draw on the opening day and a 21-19 home win for Hunslet in July.

The two sides finished the season on 21 points and sat next to each other in the league but it was Leeds who were relegated on points difference. The Warriors went down to Division One a year after as they finished in tenth place.

Leeds' Jack Norfolk is the club’s top try scorer so far in 2018 with five in seven matches.

Division 3 | Millom v Clock Face Miners

SATURDAY, MAY 5

2:30PM

CORONATION FIELD, MILLIOM

Second placed Clock Face Miners travel to Millom on Saturday knowing a win will take them to the top of the Division Three table.

A win for the Miners will see them move onto 14 points and go into first place, depending on Beverley’s result at Dewsbury Celtic.

Clock Face and Beverley are still undefeated in 2018, as both sides have played six and won six.

Millom are mid-table after winning three, one of those being a 78-0 thrashing of Stanley Rangers, and losing four of the seven games they’ve played so far this season.

Millom’s Ethan Kelly has six tries in seven games with one man of the match award.