Wath face a fiery test at title rivals Phoenix

Sheffield RUFC captain Carl Mortimer points the way in the home win vs Darlington
Sheffield RUFC captain Carl Mortimer points the way in the home win vs Darlington

Table-topping Wath upon Dearne will receive a serious test of their promotion credentials this weekend when they face Doncaster Phoenix.

Wath travel to Castle Park on Saturday (2.15pm) two points clear of second-placed Ilkley in the Yorkshire One table.

Phoenix are level with Ilkley on points, but sit third on points difference.

Their hopes of winning the Yorkshire One title will be severly tested over the Christmas period - after facing third-placed Phoenix, they will also come up against title rivals Ilkley and fourth-placed Scarborough before the end of the year.

“Doncaster gained promotion last season, and have made a number of big name signings - especially in the pack - who have steered them towards their current league standing,” Wath forwards coach Carl Mortimer said.

“Saturday looks set to be our toughest match to date, followed by an equally tough visit to Scarborough the following week.

“We know we have a huge task on our hands to remain at the top of the table.

“But we should be able to name a strong squad, and we will be sure to focus on our game rather than the opposition.

“If we play to our potential, we believe we can get the win.

“But there will be little room for error against a side as strong as Doncaster.”

Wath had no game last weekend, but the development and third sides both had fixtures.

The Development XV lost 24-10 away at Huddersfield YMCA seconds, whilst the third/fourth XV game was abandoned due to a player injury.

On Sunday, the Under 16s overcame Morley 29-0 and the Under 14s drew 15-15 away at Dinnington.