Longton and Stoke back in league action after Staffordshire Cup Semi-Final tie

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Staffordshire Cup finalists Longton will host Broadstreet this weekend at Longton Rugby Club in Trentham Lakes.

The home side will be buoyed by their previous result, having knocked local rivals Stoke out of the Staffordshire Cup, winning 26-5 and reaching the final in the process.

This will be the first meeting between the sides this season, and it will be a tough test for 10th placed Longton, facing a 4th placed Broadstreet just eight points off Sheffield at the top of the National League 3 Midlands table.

Coach George Glenn has previously stated that Longton need to make their home form count, winning just two home games this season from a possible four.

Broadstreet have the second highest points difference in the division, with 101 (254 points scored, 153 points against). They are also coming off the back of a 57-7 win over Lichfield.

Saturday’s game will kick off at 2.15.

Stoke are also in action, after their disappointing derby defeat to Longton. They host Burton on Saturday.

After a stellar October, including three straight wins over Sutton Coldfield, Whitcurch and Wolverhampton, a loss to Bournville saw Stoke drop to 5th in Midlands 1 West.

Four of Stoke’s five wins this season have come at home, while Burton have won two out of their five away games.

Last season, Stoke beat Burton both home and away. At home, Stoke won by two points while the fixture at Burton saw Stoke win by just a single point. So history dictates that Saturday will be a close game.

Stoke host Burton at Hartwell Lane on Saturday at 2.15.

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