Moor and Sharks have National Cup goals

Rugby League. Dewsbury Moor v. Westgate Wolves. Ben Hardacher battles through. (d24011161)
Rugby League. Dewsbury Moor v. Westgate Wolves. Ben Hardacher battles through. (d24011161)

THERE are two cracking local ties in prospect in the National Cup second round tomorrow (2pm).

Dewsbury Moor travel to face old rivals Birstall Victoria at White Lee while while Shaw Cross Sharks take on Widnes St Maries at Leeds Road and both should be keen contests.

The Vic and Moor are in Division One East of the Pennine League and battling for a place in the top four. Their only meeting this time was at Heckmondwike Road when Moor triumphed 38-26. Both are in form with Victoria having won their last five league and cup games, while the Moor have won three on the trot.

Last season their two league meetings ended with Moor winning 28-20 at home and Victoria winning 24-22 in the return so it is clear it will be another close game with the potential for extra-time and the golden point.

Spectators might consider last weekend’s Drighlington v Hunslet Warriors Challenge Cup tie which went to the third period of extra-time before the Warriors landed a decisive drop-goal.

The Sharks face a St Maries side who were top of National Conference Division One until they sensationally quit after accusations of fielding an ineligible player which they strongly denied.

Some players have been keeping fit in their second team and they are trying to play friendlies. Their withdrawal from the Conference cost the Widnes side their place in the Challenge Cup, when they were also due to visit Shaw Cross, so they will clearly want to prove a point in the National Cup.

A player to watch for with the Sharks is Leigh Rientoul, who joined after advertising for a club on Facebook, and has scored five tries in two games but was injured early on last weekend.

Thornhill Trojans will try to make up ground in Pennine League Division Three when they host Littleborough, their first league game at home since September.

In Yorkshire League Division Three White Rose try to play their first home game for 11 weeks as they entertain Heworth A.