Queensbury bidding for revenge in big Pennine derby

Outstanding West Bowling second row Richard Lumb could test title-chasing Sharlston Rovers

Outstanding West Bowling second row Richard Lumb could test title-chasing Sharlston Rovers

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In-form Queensbury host Wibsey Warriors on Saturday in the Pennine League Premier Division clash at Hill Top.

Wibsey kept their feet up last week, having no game, while Bury had a real tussle at West Bowling, finally securing the points that dispelled their relegation worries with a last-gasp victory.

The Warriors enjoyed a comprehensive 36-0 win in the first meeting but a battle-hardened Bury side will be a different proposition, despite the absence of prop Lee Kelly at what is the business end of the season.

West Bowling may be languishing in the basement area but they are showing signs that better times are on the horizon.

They have second-row forward Richard Lumb in outstanding form, which could spell bad news for title-chasing visitors Sharlston Rovers, who have games in hand on the leading pack.

Division Two leaders Brighouse Rangers will not be relishing the trip to old rivals Wyke.

The black and whites seem to be saving all their endeavours for the big occasion and will be hell bent on turning over a Rangers side they sent crashing out of the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy against all the odds in February.

Brighouse, on the other hand, will point to the 24-14 league win as a measure of their superiority over their near neighbours.

Undercliffe travel to Wetherby still challenging for top spot in Division Six.

They will be without half-back Justin Hunter, utility back Paul Cross and prop forward Michael Stephenson.

On the plus side, they welcome back from injury, after a two-month absence, Liam Jarvis, plus half-back Ryan Dickinson, second row Simon Yarraw and top- try scoring centre Kaz Ahmed.

Full back Aidan Scully will be striving to keep up his try-scoring exploits, having scored a hat-trick in each of his last three games.

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