SHAW CROSS SHARKS and Thornhill Trojans will face off for the first time in the National Conference League since the Trojans were admitted back into the competition in 2015.
Both clubs have met in the Heavy Woollen Cup over the past few years, with Thornhill beating Shaw Cross in the last two finals.
However, tomorrow’s (Sat) game is the first time the sides have met at Leeds Road for a league clash for a number of years.
The Trojans were welcomed back into the NCL three seasons ago and have since earned two promotions.
Shaw Cross were promoted to Division One in 2013 and have established themselves in the second tier of the community game.
Both sides have only won once so far this season, but Thornhill sit above Shaw Cross having drawn two of their four games, and playing one more than their rivals.
Sharks chairman Brett Turner says there isn’t a rivalry quite like it in the Heavy Woollen area.
“The games are always big occasions and you always get a decent crowd, as with any local derby,” said Turner.
“It will be nice to play them at home, we have not played them at home for a long time.
“There is a rivalry there, especially now we are back in the same league.
“I remember we won a game with a 55-metre penalty in the last minute when we used to be in the same league years ago, there was a real fierce rivalry then.
“It is still there and I think it always will be, when I grew up with the other lads my age at the club there weren’t many other teams in the area and we got a really good rivalry going.
“It would be really nice to get a win, we have been on the wrong end of it for the last few years now and it would be nice to get a win at home.”
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 2.30pm at Leeds Road in Shaw Cross.