Weekend Preview – 13th August 2021

This weekend is the busiest we have had for local sport in a long time, and we hope it continues in this vein as the world comes back out of lockdown. Only Beverley Town FC are without a game and still hope for another friendly before the start of the new Humber Premier League season. Hull City Ladies start a new season and Beverley RUFC also start their pre-season on Saturday afternoon.

Rugby League
We start on Friday evening when Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC both hope to find some form towards the conclusion of the Super League season. The Robins confirmed the extension of impressive half-back Rowan Milnes’ contract yesterday. The 21-year-old has signed on at Craven Park until 2025. He will be a key factor tonight ahead of a difficult fixture at home to Wigan Warriors. The Robins last time out beat Leigh in a tight encounter in Lancashire.

Hull FC travel to the South of France to take on Catalans Dragons. The Dragons have been on an immense run of form and deservedly top the table. The Black and Whites are coming off the back of a humbling from St Helens 42-10, last Saturday’s game against Warrington was postponed. Brett Hodgson has named a young squad with a raft of first-team regulars out with a mixture of injury and suspension. One senior player potentially returning is prop Scott Taylor, after spending several months out with a foot injury. Beverley ARLFC hope to provide a better performance this week after the nilling they received last week from York Acorn. The Blue and Golds travel to Heworth.

Hull City host QPR at the MKM Stadium. The Tigers come off the back of an excellent 4-1 win away at Preston last Saturday. City have had a game since then with a disappointing defeat to Wigan in the EFL Cup, albeit it being on penalties. Randall Williams and Ryan Longman are expected to be available again after their self-isolation whilst Mallik Wilks will potentially miss out due to a calf injury. The R’s on the other hand drew their opener 1-1 with Millwall. Read a full preview of the game with Tom Haymes from Hull City OSC.

Oliver Harsley has the Hall Road Rangers preview. The club are back in league action on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Ollerton Town to Haworth Park. Ollerton are back in the NCEL after spending last season in the East Midlands Football League. They’ve lost both their league games so far this campaign which were against Rossington Main and Brigg Town. On the other hand, Ollerton picked up a 1-4 win in the NCEL League Cup at Glasshoughton Welfare. Sewell summed up by looking ahead to the Ollerton game. “It’ll be a tough game. I’ve got a couple of good connections at Ollerton. They’re a club that I’ve competed against when I was in the Central Midlands League with Westella. I also came up against them in the NCEL with Westella again, East Yorkshire Carnegie and now ourselves. I know a bit about them and had them watched so it’ll be an interesting game on Saturday afternoon. We’ll hopefully have a couple of players that weren’t involved against FC Humber back involved in training on Thursday night and ready to go come Saturday afternoon” Sewell concluded.

North Ferriby travel to Rossington Main on Saturday. Ferriby have had a good start to the league season. Tuesday night however they suffered a 5-2 defeat by Whitley Bay in the FA Cup extra preliminary round, replay. You can read the full pre-match report provided by Mark Chestney.

It has been a long time coming but Hull City Ladies also return to action after last season was curtailed due to the pandemic. The Tigress’ impressed on numerous occasions last season including at home to Sunderland, a side which has made the step up to Level 2 for this season. Pre-season has been a mixed affair for Adie Costello. Read and hear a preview to the season with Simon Bromwich and Alex Robinson ahead of the game on Sunday away at Loughborough Lightning.

Without a game in a couple of weeks, this could be a momentous weekend for Driffield Town CC. First, they battle relegation with a trip to Sheriff Hutton Bridge, Driffield have been off form in recent weeks. Sunday sees Town take on Treeton in the Viking Cup Semi-Finals. Beverley Town CC are on a terrific run and hope to continue with the visit of Sessay CC on Saturday.