Make-or-break in Sheffield’s crunch test

Vice captain Matt Poste
Vice captain Matt Poste

The two teams have dominated Yorkshire One this season, so much so that unless there’s serious imploding, it’s a two-horse race for promotion.

Sheffield have suffered just two defeats, one of them an agonising loss to Malton and Norton who have so far tagged an unbeaten 14 match run.

There’s a 12 point gap between them and even though the Abbeydale side has a match in hand after last Saturday’s postponement at North Ribblesdale, they know the top-of-the-table home battle is make or break.

If automatic promotion is to be achieved then Sheffield must win and even if they do, they’ll require a helping hand to gain that automatic promotion slot.

It’s a pressure-cooker scenario but one that scrum half and vice-captain Matt Poste relishes.

He said: “It’s one of those games that gets everyone excited. The place is buzzing, the players are buzzing and everyone is looking forward to it.

“We’re confident we can end their record but we’ll definitely have to be at the top of our game.

“Malton have been a bit of a surprise package but you can’t fault the way they’ve gone about this campaign. They’d got a good core and added four quality players at the start of the season and it’s paid off for them.

“We’ll take the fact that we ran them very close at their place - there was only one score in it - and if we beat them it will be interesting to see how they react to their first defeat. We’d still require other teams to take points off them but first things first ...”

The match kicks off at 2.15pm.