WINNINGTON Park and Northwich resume their North Two West campaigns on Saturday, both needing points to combat relegation.
The Sandbach v Winnington game is seen as a clash of the division’s two wholly amateur sides. Sandbach are favourites.
Northwich go to Tyldesley, who are bottom and without a point, but are still without six regular first teamers.
“It’s a game we simply have to win,” said chairman Sam Naylor.
But the omens may not be good. Northwich 2nds were held 12-12 by Tyldesley 2nds in the Halbro Cup at Moss Farm on Saturday and the visitors were awarded the tie as the away side.
Kiwi James Gwynne was the only senior player on view, but Tyldesley fielded first teamers.
Gywnne showed his finishing power when he scored after five minutes following a fine break from stand-off Ricky Evans who converted.
Northwich seemed in control but a Gareth Hones interception try converted by James Robinson put Tyldesley on level terms. Chris James and Dave Farley entered the fray to counter Tyldesley’s forward power, but could not prevent them scoring again through Paddy Littlewood.
James then supported another Gywnne break to score in the top right- hand corner and level the scores.
The match was the centrepiece of Northwich’s annual President’s Day celebrations.
Winnington 3rds lost 14-7 in atrocious conditions at Buxton. Paul Almond scored the try with Joe Ellis converting.