DRIGHLINGTON will kick off 2013 with a cracking contest as the reigning Pennine League Premier Division champions entertain current leaders Queens on Saturday.
This season’s title race is gearing up to be another closely fought affair with five sides going into the new year with genuine hopes of capturing the crown.
Drighlington are just a point behind Queens and joint leaders Hunslet Old Boys and know victory on Saturday will be enough to see them take over at the top.
Old Boys, who were held to a 22-22 draw by bottom side Dewsbury Moor just before Christmas, sit out the league action on Saturday but are sure to have a keen eye on the mouthwatering clash between Drig and Queens.
Drighlington will no doubt hope that their home ground at The Battlefields has recovered from recent waterlogging but the game could be switched to Bruntcliffe School.
The clash is sure to attract a very healthy crowd and supporters are advised to contact the Drighlington club before travelling to check on the venue.
Sharlston, who are fourth, a points behind Drighlington and two adrift of Queens and Hunslet but with two games in hand on all three, have a home game against Dewsbury Moor.
Old Boys are back in action the follow week (January 12) when the Pennine President’s Cup reaches the second round stage.
Old Boys face a keen tie away to Slaithwaite Saracens, who themselves have not given up hope of winning the Premier Division title as they are just two points off the top despite lying in fifth place.
Morley Borough also have an extra week to recover from any Christmas indulgences and they return with a home cup tie against Westgate Wolves.
Drighlington travel to Moorends Thorne Marauders in the cup on January 12, while it is a hectic start to 2013 for the club as Drighlington A are in action this Saturday when they travel to Kellingley Welfare in the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy.