Leyland go from famine to feast in fixture quirk

Northern Premier League game between Leyland and Barrow Sam Oldham batting for Leyland
Northern Premier League game between Leyland and Barrow Sam Oldham batting for Leyland
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David Makinson admits it is ‘unfortunate’ his Leyland side will be playing three games in as many days this weekend.

The Fox Lane outfit were without a game on Saturday as it was their bye week in the Northern League.

But this Bank Holiday weekend, they have league games on Saturday and Monday as well as a Lancashire Cricket Board Knockout fixture against Central Lancashire League outfit Walsden on Sunday.

The Fox Lane outfit will be severely depleted on Sunday as several players will be making the journey to Wembley to watch Preston North End take on Swindon Town in the League One play-off final.

With chances a plenty, Makinson feels the cup fixture is an ideal opportunity for players to stake a claim to feature in the first team on a regular basis.

“I’d sooner have had the cup game when we had our bye week,” said the Leyland skipper.

“But it’s unfortunate the way the fixtures have fallen.

“Usually there is a rearranged date but I think Walsden had a league fixture last Sunday.

“We won’t be too bad for numbers against Darwen on Saturday and Preston on Monday.

“But Sunday is where we are missing five players I think, but there is a chance for people to stake a claim.

“The league is our priority, but now others can have the opportunity to bat and bowl well.”