Rugby: Local sides look to complete win treble
TRENTHAM, Congleton and Linley and Kidsgrove head into the first weekend in recent years when all three are favourites to put wins on the board.
That is not to say the trio will not be thoroughly tested on an intriguing week of closely-matched encounters in South Lancs/Cheshire Three.
Promotion-chasing Trentham must bounce back from a 17-11 defeat to league rivals Port Sunlight when they take on Prenton, another team near the top.
Fifth-placed Prenton's last run out was also against Port Sunlight, who they beat 22-13 to make it six wins out of their first seven games.
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Yet Trentham, in third, will fancy their chances having proved invincible at home so far this term, recording four straight victories and racking up 198 points in the process.
CONGLETON had won three games on the spin before being on the wrong end of a 117-5 spanking from leaders Manchester Medics on Saturday.
The Medics have been surgically dissecting anyone in their path this campaign, however, and seventh-placed Congleton's confidence should not be knocked too much.
This time out they are at home to Parkonians, who sit a place below in the standings on the back of a 45-7 thrashing of mid-table Capenhurst.
Second-bottom LINLEY AND KIDSGROVE are also at home, hosting hapless Knutsford.
Knutsford are without a win this year, but Linley only notched their first win last weekend, beating third-bottom Helsby 17-11.
Linley will be looking for more of the same from try-scoring heroes Sam Dumigan, Ricky Bentley and Gareth Davis as they search for their first back-to-back wins of the year.
John Brookes returns to the front row and Jon Natty replaces Mick Cunningham at lock.
Adam Cooper comes in on the wing.
CREWE AND NANTWICH are chasing their third straight win in South Lancs/Cheshire One.
Geoff Crawford's mid-table side travel to second-bottom Tyldesley having comfortably seen off both Orrell and Ruskin Park.