PATIENCE with the ball will be key for Woolston Rovers when they host Leigh East tonight, head coach Mal Holt says.

A rare evening game at Monk Sports Club sees Rovers take on the side that handed them their first defeat of the season back in March.

Holt is wary of the quality they will bring but is confident his side – third in National Conference League Division Three – have enough to deal with them.

“We suffered our first league loss of the season at Leigh East and we need to learn from that this week,” he said.

“They are a very good side who have quality across the park so we will need to be at our best.

“We also have some excellent players in our ranks and I have every confidence in them to go out there and get the job done.

“We will need to be more patient with the ball than we have been and we can’t afford to give silly penalties away.

“It promises to be a great evening for the fans and hopefully they will turn up in their numbers to give us their support.”

Kick off is at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, Crosfields make the long trip to Hull Dockers in the hope that ring rust from an unintentional extended break will not affect them.

Last week's Division Two clash with Askam was postponed as the Cumbrians were unable to raise a team, meaning Soap have now not played since a 28-24 defeat to West Bowling on May 18.

Amateur rugby league fixtures:

Friday, kick off 7.30pm:

National Conference League Division Three: Woolston Rovers vs Leigh East

Saturday, kick off 2.30pm:

National Conference League Division Two: Hull Dockers vs Crosfields

North West Men's League Shield: Pilkington Recs A vs Crosfields A, Woolston Rovers A vs Eccleston Lions