Date published: February 11, 2022
Photo: Aidy Gleeson Senior
Half-backs, including Dec Sheridan (pictured), will be looking to impact the game
Everyone was on deck at the Mayfield Sports Center this week as club volunteers prepare the ground for the 3rd round of the Betfred Challenge Cup this weekend. Mayfield received a draw at home in last week’s draw, with the visitors being League 1 club Doncaster.
Doncaster, coached by Richard Horne, will present a stern test for the side of Sam Butterworth and Steve Woods, there’s nothing surer than that, but the NCL squad will hope to give themselves a good image . As it’s a cup tie, anything is possible, and with a draw at home to Whitehaven awaiting the winners, no more cheering is needed.
Doncaster beat fellow NCL Premier Division side Mayfield, Thornhill, 24-6 in the final round, doing just enough in the process, but there’s no doubt they’re a quality side with quality players in their team.
Butterworth refuses to change his game despite the opposition’s pedigree. He said: “We will continue to play open attacking rugby with fierce defence. We know we have to do everything better than we did last time at West Hull.
“Unfortunately we are a few light players on a full squad with injuries and suspension so we will keep the team selection close to our chest until the last minute. We have done some very good things both in the West Hull game and against St Pats so we know the ability and the skill are there, we just have to increase the intensity a bit and maintain that intensity for the full eighty minutes.
“It’s a massive game, both for the team and the club and we’ll treat it as such. We know we’re the underdogs overwhelmingly in this one, but it all means we have nothing to lose. , we just have to run on Saturday ready to fight. If we can improve our ball retention, our attacking plays and strengthen the defensive line, we are ready to shout.”
Mayfield chairman Neil Ramsden is another club member relishing the opportunity to show a wider audience what the club has to offer. He said: “Everything is happening here at Mayfield. We are getting better and better at the club. We have ten youth teams, a thriving women’s section and two open-age teams, but this is already the pinnacle of the season is what we worked so hard for on and off the pitch.”
The entry fee for the game is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and children are free.
Fans attending the game are asked to respect the club’s neighbors and park responsibly. Mayfield has a good sized car park and there is additional parking at the Castleton Community Centre.
Match sponsors for the cup match are Ian Gilbertson and Alliance North West, suppliers of consumables to the catering and hospitality industries.
Fixing February 12, 2022
Challenge Cup 3rd round: Mayfield v Doncaster KO 2 p.m.