By Sebastian Sternik
League leaders Siddal suffered their first defeat of the season after losing 14-6 to West Hull.
Before kick-off Siddal were the only undefeated side in the NCL but their latest result cuts their advantage at the top of the table to just three points.
Second placed Thatto Heath Crusaders closed the gap with a 20-28 win over Leigh Miners Rangers, who are now bottom of the Premier Division.
Elsewhere, Rochdale Mayfield missed the chance to move into 3rd after losing out 34-35 to Myton Warriors in a thriller.
Despite taking a 22-0 lead lead at the half hour mark, Mayfield found themselves 28-34 down with 10 minutes remaining. Myton’s Kris Walker sealed the win with what proved to be a crucial field goal.
Egremont Rangers moved up two places in the division with an impressive 34-20 victory over Wigan St. Patrick’s. The victory sees Egremont leapfrog Wigan into 8th.
Another team which moved up the table were the Pilkington Recs who picked up a 32-6 win over Skirlaugh. The result lifts the Recs off the bottom of the table.
Siddal will be looking to win their first game in three weeks when they take on the Pilkington Recs this Saturday.
Should Siddal slip up once more, Thatto Heath have the chance to close the gap to just a single point with a win over Kells.
Myton Warriors will be hoping to kick on from their latest win and give Wath Brow Hornets a good test. Wath are currently six points behind top of the table Siddal but they still have two games in hand.
Leigh Miners Rangers’ fight for survival get’s even tougher this Saturday as they are set to host West Hull.
Rochdale Mayfield will be looking to shake off their latest defeat as they go on the road to take on Egremont Rangers.
And finally, Wigan St. Patrick’s will be hoping to distance themselvs from the bottom three as they prepare to take on Skirlaugh.
FULL FIXTURE LIST
Egremont Rangers vs. Rochdale Mayfield
Leigh Miners Rangers vs. West Hull
Myton Warriors vs. Wath Brow Hornets
Siddal vs. Pilkington Recs
Thatto Heath Crusaders vs. Kells
Wigan St. Patrick’s vs. Skirlaugh