Match Preview – Skolars v Crusaders

23rd August 2013

The most eagerly anticipated Friday Night Lights game ever is now only a matter of hours away and, for both team taking part, there is potentially a lot at stake.

North Wales Crusaders currently sit second in the table, four points behind leaders Oldham but with two games in hand. They will be looking for the win that takes them closer to clinching top spot and automatic promotion to the Championship. Crusaders last game is against South Wales Scorpions. A point against Skolars will leave them needing a win against their Welsh rivals.

Skolars, having already qualified for the play-offs, are now striving to take third place and secure home advantage when the play-offs start. A point for Skolars would leave them needing a win against Oxford next week and a win tonight would leave the club seeeking just a point to take third place. So, all in all, there is a lot riding on the result of this game.

North Wales coach Clive Griffiths has no new injury concerns as his side go into their final two league games of the season knowing four points will secure the Kingstone Press Championship One title.

Griffith said: “We’ve got to get something out of this game to take it to the last match of the season. We can’t come away without a point.”

He added: “Take a deep breath. If somebody had said to you 18 months ago that Crusaders would be pushing for promotion, you’d have laughed, but that’s the position we’re in.”

On Skolars, he said: “There’ve grown, recruited strongly and benefited from dual registration this year. They’ll be a tough nut to crack, there’s no doubt about that.”

Skolars coach Joe Mbu could name an unchanged side following last weekend’s emphatic win at Hemel. A key player for Skolars could be Dylan Skee, named this week as Premier Sports Championship 1 player of the week following his performance at Hemel. Commenting on Skee’s award winning performance Joe Mbu had this to say: “Dylan and Michael Worrincy were both excellent. Dylan’s one of those players who always seems to go well. He’s always pushing in training, making sure other people are doing the right things as well as himself.”

London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders kicks off at 6.30pm. Tickst priced at £12 and £6 are available at the ticket office this evening.

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