Longton host high-flying Broadstreet in National League Three Midlands this weekend with relegation still a possibility as the season nears its conclusion.
With five games left, George Glenn’s men sit third from bottom, with only Bedford Athletic and Syston below them.
While there is a large points gap between Longton and the bottom two with the Staffordshire outfit currently on 43 points and the basement clubs only on 24 and 29, last week’s embarrassing defeat to fellow strugglers Bridgnorth ensures they’re not safe yet.
The Trentham Field side threw away a 15-7 lead against the 14 men of Bridgnorth to lose 26-15 and they can expect a bigger test in the form of second-place Broadstreet.
The Coventry-based club have won the division more times than any club and kept up their title challenge with a close-fought win over Lichfield last week.
Elsewhere, Stoke will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat when they travel to face Burton in Midlands One West this Saturday.
Having been beaten 58-22 by Bournville at home last weekend in a 13-try thriller, the trip to face third-placed Burton could see their porous defence tested again.
The two sides last met in November when Burton came away with a 37-29 win.
In Midlands 2 West (North), Leek will be looking to make it 12 wins in a row as they host Old Yardleians on Saturday.
Title-chasing Leek kept up their impressive run as they were made to dig deep by Old Saltleians in a 34-15 victory last week.
Elsewhere in the division, Newcastle will be looking to get some points on the board against Old Saltleians following back-to-back whitewashes.
Their 52-0 humbling at home to Walsall last weekend came after a 34-0 demolition against local rivals Leek but Saturday’s opponents sit below Newcastle in the table, with both having struggled for wins this season.