Ligers return to League action on Saturday with a derby fixture against Teddington Athletic Wolves. In the afterglow of a very good cup performance, the Hearts boys will be hoping to get their league season back on track, having not played a fixture since victory at Henley back in January. Wolves, who sneaked a victory at Lincoln Fields in December, have by contrast only lost one game to the weather this year. They have done particularly well during Ligers' hiatus, after a sticky start to life in Div 4. Wolves lost their first two games of January, to Camberley and Pinewood, but have since surged to third place in the table on the back of four resounding wins and just one further defeat at Woodley Wanderers. The Wolves 5-1 win against Charvil last weekend was Charvil's only loss to date.
The December fixture saw an under-strength Ligers lose 3-4, with the only goal of the second half separating the two sides after 65 minutes. Dylan and John scored for the home team following a first minute own-goal, whilst Aidan Hobday scored a hat-trick for Wolves and Finley Brooks turned in the winner. It was enough to send Wolves up as League leaders and condemn Ligers to the runners-up spot.
Daniel is side-lined this weekend, the injury received at Henley having flared up again after last weekend’s heroics. The availability of Rufus is still to be confirmed. Joe, John and George P-M continue as ever-present. Simon is reliant on air traffic control to get him to the technical area but if he's delayed, Neil will be in charge once again. A win for Ligers will lift them away from the relegation zone, with several games in hand over those around them.
Jude Hollis officiates.
There is a late kick-off at RFU Twickenham this Saturday and hopefully the football will be done & dusted before the traffic starts to build.
See you when Saturday comes