LYMM RFC’S first team will have the chance to consolidate their position in the Northern Premier when they return to action on Saturday.

Their first game of 2020 sees them welcome Alnwick to Beechwood on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Adam Fletcher’s side sit sixth and while climbing higher is not immediately possible – they trail fifth-place Sandal by 11 points – a victory would be key to keeping teams below them at arm’s length.

Saturday’s visitors from Northumberland are second from bottom having won only three times this season, but one of them was against in Lymm in bizarre circumstances in September.

Trailing 20-14 with full time approaching, Lymm were awarded a penalty in front of the home posts. With the score as it was, a losing bonus point was secure but a converted try would have won the game for the visitors.

However, the referee mistakenly told Lymm they were trailing 23-14 and hence a kick at goal would have ensured the bonus point, which they duly did.

The official apologised to the Lymm squad for his error but the result stood.

Lymm seconds are not in action this week but Lymm Eagles are at home against Liverpool Collegiate’s seconds, kick off 2.15pm at Beechwood.

Elsewhere, Warrington are also back in action as they aim to move further away from the foot of the North One West table.

Andy Roberts’ men are at home to Vale of Lune on Saturday, kick off 3pm at Grappenhall Sports Club.

Formerly based at Walton Lea, Warrington’s first game at their new home saw them edge out Broughton Park on December 14 for their second win in three matches.

They currently sit five points clear of bottom side Keswick but victory on Saturday could take them above third-bottom Bowdon, who travel to the Isle of Man to take on Douglas.

The seconds do not return until January 11 when they host their counterparts from Rochdale.

Another Warrington outfit in action for the first time in 2020 on Saturday are Eagle, who travel to Christleton.

Only points difference keeps the Thornton Road outfit off the top of the North West Intermediate League (NOWIRUL) Division Four South table – they and leaders Prenton both have 11 wins and one defeat from their 12 games.