Rugby league: Mayfield preview

Date published: 17 May 2024

Sam Butterworth and his side will be glad to put last week's game against West Hill behind them as they prepare for this weekend's contest in the NCL Premier Division. They entertain York based Heworth at the Mayfield Sports Centre on Saturday 18 May.

Heworth are floating just above the bottom three with just three wins from eight starts. Mayfield are under no illusions though that this will be an easy game; Heworth have a big strong pack and a good half back pairing, which is always a good combination and always poses a threat.

Despite the difference in league position there will be the same level of intensity in this game as there was in last week's. After that tough outing against West Hull, Butterworth fears his team have more names added to an already lengthy injury list as Brandon Wood and James McDaid struggle with knocks. Team selection will be left till the last minute this week as the coaches give their players as long as possible to recover.

Mayfield's NWML side are on the road on Saturday with a trip to Widnes side Newton Storm. Newton have yet to win a game this season and will be looking to change that this weekend. As the NCL side struggle with their injuries, this will have a knock on effect on Andy Reed's side.

Like the senior side, Andy will wait until the last minute to name his squad of seventeen. As usual Andy and his assistant Craig White are confident that the team they select will have enough to overcome the opposition, they have a great blend of youth and experience and a good set of forwards who should dominate the inexperienced Newton Storm side and have what it takes to bring back the two points.

Fixtures 18 May

  • NCL Premier Division: Mayfield v Heworth, kick off 2.30pm
  • NWML Division 2: Newton Storm v Mayfield, kick off 2.30pm

Fixures 19 May

  • Mayfield Ladies v Sheffield Eagles A, kick off 2.00pm

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