There is a lot of local rugby around in the Staffordshire area this weekend as we preview games with Longton Rugby, Stoke-on-Trent RUFC, Lichfield RUFC, Burton RFC and Stafford RUFC.
Longton Rugby and Stoke-on-Trent RUFC
Longton look to bounce back on Saturday after their 87-12 defeat to Dudley Kingswinsford last week. Longton travelled to Dudley K with a side fielding just five first team regulars and from the scoreline it shown the inexperience in the side.
However, this weekend many of the regulars will be back which will be a huge boost for Craig Wilson’s side as they face 8th place, Hereford at Trentham Fields and look to grab their first win of the season after losing their opening seven games.
Longton looked to get a result on Saturday as they could fly off the bottom and up to 11th, depending on other results, as Hereford look to close the gap on the top half if they manage to win.
After the narrow 25-24 defeat away to Stourbridge Lions last week, Stoke-on-Trent host 5th in the table, Sutton Coldfield.
With them sitting eight points behind the top half, it is a highly important game for Stoke as they look to show their worth in the league against a strong Sutton Coldfield side.
Lichfield RUFC and Burton RFC
Lichfield host 2nd place Bridgnorth at Cooke Fields this Saturday as Daniel Bourne’s men look to put last week’s 49-27 defeat to Bournville behind them.
Bridgnorth have only lost one game this season and Lichfield look to change that and move up to 6th in the table, depending on results, as they face a tough test ahead of them this weekend.
Lower down the table, Burton RFC look to continue their run of form after winning their second league game of the season 42-20 to Syston last week.
The Crofters travel to 12th place Derby as they look to climb above them in the table and keep a comfortable distance away from the bottom two.
Stafford host Walsall this Saturday as they try to make amends after last week’s defeat to Veseyans in a tight 31-28 defeat.
With it early on in the season both teams want to show their worth as Stafford sit in 8th place, eight points behind Leek who are just above them. Walsall look to go above Stafford with a win this weekend as they are 10th in the league and only three points behind their competitors.