Moor in Championship action

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DEWSBURY Moor revert to league action when they meet King Cross Park in the newly-formed Pennine Championship division at Heckmondwike Road tomorrow (2.30pm).

The Moor were by no means disgraced, despite a heavy defeat by holders Queens in the National Cup last weekend and should take encouragement from their performance against one of the strongest sides in the county.

They now set their sights on progress in the new section against a Halifax side, who finished fourth in Division One West.

Title-chasing Thornhill Trojans were given a roasting by coaches James Ratcliffe and Wayne Loney last weekend after they struggled for too long to win at Pennine Division Three bottom club Victoria Rangers, who have yet to win a game, so there should be an improvement at Boothtown Terriers tomorrow.

Thornhill’s main concern appears to be a lack of discipline with players disputing decisions, and this is costing far too many penalties.

The Trojans are well-placed at least for promotion and will not want to lose games by being careless.

In Yorkshire Division Three, Shaw Cross A entertain Whinmoor tomorrow while White Rose visit Stanley A.

Dewsbury Celtic have been drawn away to Batley Boys or Manston in the second round of the Yorkshire League’s White Rose Trophy, the date yet to be arranged.

In the CMS Cup, White Rose will entertain Northallerton.

Shaw Cross Sharks will hope for a change of fortune tomorrow when they meet third-placed Elland in Conference Division Two at Leeds Road on Saturday (2.30pm).

The Sharks gave an outstanding performance at Eastmoor last Saturday only to be edged out in the last minute by a penalty goal to go down 20-18, having lost 20-16 to the Wakefield side earlier in the campaign.

Sharks’ coach Brett Turner said: “It was a great effort, we had 10 players missing but the performance was a complete contrast to the previous week when we lost to Waterhead, they looked a different team but one of our problems has been lack of consistency.”

He added: “We were unlucky that a decision went against us when we had the ball reefed out and the referee ruled knock-on and we conceded the late penalty.”