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This weekend our 1st and 2nd XI both have double headers.
On Saturday, we take part in the first ever competitive local derby game against near neighbours Rishton, our 1st XI travelling to Blackburn Road whilst our 2nd XI welcome their counterparts to the Cliffe. 
Our 1st XI name an unchanged side from last week’s historic first Lancashire League victory over another local neighbour Enfield. 
Rishton are without professional Shaun Von Berg who is yet to arrive, but have enlisted the assistance of Littleborough professional Ryan Burl for the derby. Their side also includes former GHCC player Danny Briggs.
As with every game this season, tomorrow’s game represents an opportunity for us to test ourselves against another long established Lancashire League club.  Going into the game widely regarded as underdogs may well suit us. We believe we have some real talent in our side. If we can play without fear and luck is on our side, we may just be able to cause a surprise come 8pm.
Our 2nd XI sit top of the table after impressive back to back victories over East Lancs and Enfield. We welcome Rishton to the Cliffe looking to extend an  unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions, dating back to July 2016.
Geoff Allen returns to captain the side, whilst Niall Holt and Chris Oddie also come in. Jason Kayley, Cameron Holt and Mark Leach miss out. 
Sunday sees cup action for both sides. Our 1st XI taste Worsley Cup action for the first time, as they travel to Todmorden. 
We make one change from Saturday’s side, Chris Oddie comes in for Allan Armer.
Our 2nd XI welcome Todmorden to the Cliffe in the Telegraph Cup, and make a number of changes from Saturday’s side as Amaar Ali, Rhys Holt, Cameron Holt, Ammar Malik, Tim Holden and Jason Kayley all come in. Sohail Ali will captain the side.
All four games start at 1pm. The bar will be open from 12:30 for the duration of both Saturday and Sunday’s home games.

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