Monday, 30 November 2015

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Egremont out to secure North Lancs Cumbria league survival

Egremont and Workington provide a derby clash tomorrow to ignite passions in North Lancs Cumbria.

Mathematically neither side is safe from relegation but there’s a general feeling that the Zebras have done enough to retain their status while Egremont probably need a couple of wins to make absolutely sure.

As things stand Salford side De La Salle look strong favourites to join south Cumbrians Furness and Millom for the drop. Although they have a game in hand, with six left themselves, De La Salle are 15 points behind Egremont.

For their home clash with the Zebras, the Bleach Green side will be much stronger than they were last week when they travelled to Upper Eden without several regulars, and paid the price with a 73-0 defeat.

While De La Salle host fourth in the table Eccles, Egremont will be hoping to claw back some of the seven points they currently trail Workington.

St Benedict’s didn’t play last week and tomorrow face the toughest test of all, a trip to new leaders, in-form Kirkby Lonsdale.

Benny’s have played fewer games than anyone else in North Lancs Cumbria and still have hopes of finishing in the top half of the table. But most of the points they need are likely to come after tomorrow.

Not much doubt, though, that the game of the day in Cumbria is at Lowmoor Road where Wigton entertain Anselmians in North one West. If Wigton can secure another bonus point win they could move up to sixth from bottom and on current form the Greens will be hopeful of continuing their move to safety.

That was five wins in a row at home for Wigton and they will be very keen to keep that sequence going.

Anselmians only moved out of the bottom three for the first time this season with a 44-17 win over Aspatria. The result effectively condemns the Black Reds to the North Lancs and Cumbria league for next season.

Unfortunately for Aspatria they face the toughest test of all tomorrow when they travel to leaders Sandbach, who have only lost twice in 20 League games.

The proposed new Cumbria League Cup competition has hit trouble with two of the top five clubs reported to be pulling out.

Creighton have already officially opted and Netherhall are also believed to be considering their commitment.



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