Friday Sport: Important games for Leek teams this weekend

Football

LEEK Town boss Ant Danylyk has not given up hope of his side making the end-of-season play-offs.

Blues are now ninth in the Division One South table in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League table after results elsewhere went against them earlier this week.

An optimistic Danylyk predicts plenty of twists and turns involving their promotion rivals before the end of the season.

“A lot of the top teams still have to play one another,” he said.

Danylyk has almost full squad of players to choose from for tomorrow’s game against AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Harrison Park (3pm).

Defender Francino Francis, pictured, who is recovering from a back injury, is the only doubt.

A LARGE crowd is expected at Vale Park, Burslem,  for tonight’s women’s international between England and Italy (7.45pm).

More than 4,000 tickets have been sold for the game at the Port Vale FC ground.

The match is an important warm-up for the England squad ahead of the European Champions in the Netherlands this summer.

England finished third in the World Cup in Canada in 2015 and go into tonight’s game on the back of beating World Champions USA in a friendly in New Jersey last month.

Result: England Ladies 1 Italy Ladies 1

Rugby Union

LEEK 1st XV face their most important game of the season tomorrow when they travel to face Stourbridge Lions in Midlands Division Two West (North).

A victory over their second -placed opponents would clinch the championship for Leek and with it automatic promotion to Division One.

Leek made it 14 wins on the bounce when they swept aside Stafford 45-12 last weekend to maintain a two-point gap at the top of the table with two games to go.

Leek beat Stourbridge 27-0 at home in December and will sign off the season at home to Tamworth on April 22.

Golf

GREENWAY Hall Golf Club will unveil new facilities at the Stockton Brook course this weekend.

The club has added a new driving range, putting green, bar and cafe as part of a £750,000 development.

There is also a new entrance to the Stanley Road facilities and an extended car park.

Tomorrow will see the new driving range open for the first time at 11am. Prices range from £2.50 for 25 balls to £6 for 100.

The range will be open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

In a move to encourage more youngsters to join the club, free membership is being offered for the first 50 under-16s to sign up.

For more information contact Greenway Hall Golf Club on 01782 503158.