Weekend Preview: 16th September 2022

This weekend sees eleven local teams take to the fields and ice. It is the start of the league season for three teams. You can find local sports interviews including some previews of this weekend’s fixtures by following the link below:

Beverley Town have their first home weekend fixture of the season when Retford visit Norwood tomorrow. Beverley have so far only tasted defeat in their home games this season but a 3-0 win in the League Cup at Worsbrough Bridge gives Dave Ricardo’s side hope. Town are hoping to have midfielder Brad Freer and defender Alex Knaggs available, however, a return for Danielle Mannini is unlikely. Craig Muirhead who has netted three times in his last four appearances will provide a focal point of the Beverley attack. Retford are five points clear of Beverley in fifth place having played two games more and will be hoping to break into the playoffs in their second full season at this level.

Beverley Town Ladies will be hoping to cause an upset in the FA Cup tomorrow. Town are the first Beverley team to enter the historic competition and will be in the 1st round of qualifying. It is Beverley’s first game of the season whereas their hosts Morley have already got their season underway. Morley have only lost 2 league games in 2 years and as well as in the division higher, Town will have to be on their best to progress to the next round.

North Ferriby have found themselves in a tough patch of form for the first time since December. The Villagers have only won one of the last five fixtures, in that time being knocked out of the FA Cup and FA Vase. Ferriby welcome Hemsworth Miners Welfare to the Dransfield Stadium. Hemsworth have had a steady start to the season and are sat in 13th with eight points from six games.

Hull City have an early kick-off in South Wales. The Tigers will aim to improve on some poor form when taking on Swansea City in front of the Sky cameras. Shota Arveladze’s side are 17th in the table with the most goals conceded in the league so far this season. The hosts so far are one of the lowest scorers in the league and have developed a habit of conceding late goals.

Beverley RUFC celebrates 50 years at Beaver Park on Saturday. The appropriately nicknamed Beavers have had an impressive start to the season with two wins from two games. Dinnington are the team that potentially stand in the way of further celebrations this weekend.

Hull Seahawks begin their season this on Saturday with a trip to Swindon Wildcats. Milton Keynes Lightning visit Hull Ice Arena on Sunday. The Seahawks completed the Yorkshire Cup pre-season tournament last weekend with defeats to Leeds Knights and Sheffield Steeldogs. Matty Davies, the Player-Coach and GM feels that the cup helped prepare his players for the games ahead.

Hull City Ladies welcome Stockport to the Easy Buy Stadium on Sunday. The Tigresses come into the game on the back of two excellent wins including winning away in Newcastle 4-3 in front of a crowd of over 2000. Stockport are winless so far this season with just a point to their name.

The season starts on Sunday in the East Riding County Women’s Football League. Hall Road Rangers Ladies kick off their season at home to South Cave. In the Humber Premier League, bottom side Cherry Burton are away at second-bottom Hessle Rangers. Hall Road Rangers visit South Cave, whilst in Division One it is top versus bottom when Great Driffield are away at Hessle Sporting Reserves.

Oliver Harsley previews the Hall Road game:

Hall Road Rangers return to Humber Premier League Premier Division action this weekend when they face South Cave United at South Hunsley Sports Centre. After their big cup win at Beverley Town Reserves over a week ago, Rangers will be aiming to get back on track in the league and pick up all three points. If they were to do so, it would move them back up into the higher echelons of the league table.

South Cave currently occupy 11th spot and are winless in their first four league games with two draws and two defeats. So far this season, they’ve scored eight goals and conceded 11 goals. Alex Bannister and Tom Gayton are South Cave’s joint top scorers with two goals each to their names.

If you missed last weekend’s results, follow the link for the full round-up.

Simon Bromwich