By Webbé -
The first weekend of March saw another gameless Saturday for the Newcastle Knights, as any potential opponents were tied up in league and cup matches. A handful of Knights headed down to Broadway West to mark out the pitch, do some fitness and play a cheeky game of HORSE. Others took the day off to play rugby, catch up on work or prepare themselves for the Yorkshire trials on Sunday.
Further south, York conceded to Hull in the only NEMLA Premiership 3 game of the day due to "too much university work". Leeds made the trip to Oldham, coming away from the hilltops with an 8-10 win in the first of two Lancashire Cup Semi Finals. Slightly further west, the LivLax boys rolled over home team Heaton Mersey Guild 5-21 to secure their place at the Rocherdome.
A Leeds - Liverpool final promises to be a cracker, especially if both teams field their strongest possible squads. There's another five weeks before that happens though, and focus must be turned to the league, which is turning out to be as nail biting as last year's finish. For those who don't remember, promotion and the Divison 5 trophy were secured by the Knights on the final day of play.
Liverpool currently sit comfortably at the top of the table with 14 points (7W, 1L) with Oldham (5W, 3L) and Newcastle (5W, 2L) tied for second with 10 points. Leeds (3W, 4L), Hull (3W, 5L) and York (3W, 5L) are all level with 6 points, with the Chester Romans (1W, 7L) holding up the table with 2 points.
With another five games to play in the league, (Chester and Leeds away, York, Hull and Oldham at home), anything could happen. After such a long time without a game, the Knights must ensure their swords are sharp and their armour strong as they prepare to fight for promotion. Roll on next week when the Knights travel to Chester to do battle with the Romans.
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