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Norman Angell’s league round-up

Last Saturday the Northern Premier Division was badly hit by the‬ adverse weather conditions which saw four matches called off,‬ including our away game at Lymm which was called off on the‬ Friday evening due to the pitch being flooded.
In the three‬ games that were played Harrogate had a tough game against lowly‬
‭Birkenhead Park at Ruddings Lane, eventually winning by 30-23‬ over a side that has only won twice this season.
Morley’s recent‬ fine form continued with a good home win over Wirral while‬
‭league leaders Preston Grasshoppers totally overwhelmed visitors‬ Kendal by 87-7, a surprising result against a side that are‬ usually hard to beat.‬
‭ This gives the ‘Hoppers a 22 point lead over second placed Lymm‬ and a 23 point lead over ourselves in third place, with both‬ clubs having two games in hand against the leaders.
Harrogate’s‬ win took them up to fourth place with 53 points.
At the lower‬ ‭end our neighbours Pocklington are bottom with 10 points, behind‬
‭Birkenhead Park on 17 and Morley on 18, with a nine point gap‬ behind Sandal on 27 points.‬
‭My games to watch today are firstly, the Wirral v Billingham‬ clash where sixth play fifth. Wirral beat visitors Lymm a couple‬ of weeks ago and have only lost once at home this season.
They‬ ‭will be keen to put their defeat at Morley last week behind‬ them.
Secondly the Kendal v Harrogate game could be interesting‬ where eighth play fourth. Kendal have already lost four times at‬ home this season but will be smarting after their trouncing last‬ week.
Gate have lost twice away this season and will be looking‬ for a better performance than they gave v Birkenhead. On the‬ other hand perhaps their draw at the Ferens two weeks ago took‬ more out of them than they expected!! Thirdly the Yorkshire‬ derby between Ilkley and Sandal in a ninth v eleventh position‬ game could go either way but home advantage should swing it for‬
‭the Stacks Field men.‬

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