Rugby: Linley look to edge derby contest
BATTLING Linley and Kidsgrove are looking to reassert their authority over Congleton ... and edge their way back into positive points territory in South Lancs/Cheshire Three.
Linley have not had the A34 derby all their own way ever since chalking up memorable 41-0 and 48-0 thrashings of their near-neighbours in 2008/09.
They might have picked up a couple of tighter victories the following campaign, but the honours have then been shared for the last two seasons.
And it is Congleton who hold the bragging rights thanks to a 27-5 win in January.
Panasonic Store Camera•20x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens from 24mm...View details
What Digital camera Gold award winning DMCTZ40
SAVE £20 off our store price ONLY with this voucher
Plus you can also claim a SD card or spare battery
Choice of colours, free parking behind store
Terms: Print this voucher and hand in at Panasonic Store Hanley to save £20 off our store price ONLY £269.90
Contact: 01782 342609
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
The Bears have made a solid start to this term too, winning two and drawing one of their opening five fixtures, including a 41-5 pasting of Knutsford last Saturday.
Linley, however, have found things a little tricky, but their 21-17 reverse at unbeaten Capenhurst last time out showed they are not too far away from turning things around.
For the moment, though, their points column reads minus four after being deducted five points for failing to fulfil a fixture against Prenton because of a lack of props.
Leaders TRENTHAM, fresh from a 49-7 pounding of Liverpool University, face the students of Manchester Medics needing to win to ensure they keep hold of top spot.
In Division One, CREWE AND NANTWICH have a chance to bounce back from an eight-try spanking from all-conquering Broughton Park when they travel to Winnington Park.
Winnington are fourth from bottom with one win from their first five while the right result could take Crewe up into the top half.
In Midlands Two West (North), LEEK are at bottom side Lordswood Dixonians with the perfect chance to recover from a 42-0 hammering at the hands of Silhillians.
STAFFORD, who let slip a half-time lead to lose 15-14 at Old Saltleians, see the return of a local derby with promoted Wolverhampton.
Wolves have ripped up the higher division so far, winning four on the spin.