Weekend Preview – 17th September 2021

As we close in on autumn the summer sports come to their conclusion. Both cricket sides have finished their season with some success. Hull FC have their final fixture of the season tonight. The summer sports may be on the way out, but football and rugby union have barely got going.

Rugby League
Hull Kingston Rovers have achieved a play-off place without even playing a ball. Castleford lost to Warrington last night meaning the Robins will enter the race for the Grand Final for the first time since 2013. Tony Smith’s side head into the play-offs with a host of injuries and will potentially be expected to rest some big-name players tonight. Rovers face Leeds Rhinos at Headingly tonight.

Hull FC will end the season with a trip to Wakefield Trinity. FC have had a dire end to the season and not won a game since the derby. Injuries have pilled up in recent weeks, Brett Hodgson is without influential half-back Sneyd as he becomes the latest player to need medical attention. Tonight’s opponents, Wakefield have found some form towards the end of the season. Temporary head coach Willie Poaching will hope for a good result which could potentially make the position permanent.

Hull City will want to break their recent run of form. No wins in seven and without a goal in six is starting to look very concerning. Since the opening day City have picked up two points, midweek City lost to two goals in five minutes away at Blackburn. It is the early kick-off in the Championship tomorrow against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United. The Blades have been slow to adjust since relegation from the Premier League last season.

Beverley Town have had an unbeaten start to the Humber Premier League season. The only points dropped was in a 2-2 draw against South Cave. Town Manager Mike Thompson spoke with our reporter Tom Cavanagh ahead of this weekend’s fixture away at Hull United.

North Ferriby are hoping to continue their impressive start to the season. Unbeaten in the league so far, Chris Bolder’s side this weekend may be without a few key players due to injuries and work commitments. At the Dransfield Stadium – North Ferriby vs Parkgate.

Hall Road Rangers have another tough away game on Saturday as they head to West Yorkshire to take on Nostell Miners Welfare. Rangers are looking to improve their away form as they’ve lost four of their five games on their travels. Prior to the defeat last weekend, Leon Sewell’s side had won two in a row. Oliver Harsley has the full preview.

Rugby Union
Beverley RUFC are hoping to return to winning ways, following the 28-7 defeat against Old Crossleyans. Beverley welcome Middlesbrough to Beaver Park on Saturday afternoon. Chairman Brian Gilbert spoke to our reporter Tom Cavanagh on the Thursday Night Fixture.

Report by: Simon Bromwich