WOOLSTON Rovers will be looking to keep their promotion dream alive when they enter the play-offs on Saturday.

To progress to the National Conference League Division Two play-off final, they will have to do something they have not yet managed this season – defeat Wigan St Judes.

Rovers finished the campaign in fourth spot despite the weekend’s 30-16 home loss to Shaw Cross Sharks, which hands them their home semi-final date with St Judes at Monk Sports Club on Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm.

“This is a great opportunity for us to continue our season goal of getting promotion to Division One,” said Rovers head coach Billy Sheen.

“We have produced some really good performances this year to get us into this position and whilst we would have ideally liked to have finished in the automatic places we will be hoping that we can still achieve the same outcome.

“We have had two really good battles with St Judes this season without managing to get the win, so hopefully it will be third time lucky for us on Saturday.

“We will be preparing this week to ensure we are in the best possible mindset and if we can perform as I know we can then we will have a great chance of getting the right result.

“It will no doubt be a tough close game and hopefully we can get a big crowd behind us and cheer us on to victory.”

Conceding tries either side of half-time proved quite costly against a youthful Shaw Cross.

“We started the game well and looked in control but a few unforced errors crept into our game and that allowed Shaw Cross to build up a bit of momentum and get their noses in front right on the stroke of half time and then scored again straight after the restart,” said Sheen.

“We managed to get back into the game but again lost our way in the middle of the second half and we were unable to pull things back.

“We will not dwell on this though as we look forward to the play offs.”

Rovers’ try scorers were Ryan Hickman, Ryan Palin and Adam Files, while Craig Lawton kicked two goals.

Rovers: James Tarpey; Alex Pendlebury, Sam Vernon, Cameron Davies, Simon Bishop; Craig Lawton, Dec Leonard; Ryan Palin, Adam Files, Harry Files, Dan Fearnley, Ryan Hickman, Ryan Brown. Subs: Kyle Cherrett, Wez Lawton, Ben Crewe, Billy Sheen.

Latchford Albion’s season came to a conclusion with a 26-10 defeat at Shevington in the North West Men’s League.

The hosts opened up a 12-point lead within the opening 15 minutes Albion reduced the deficit when Charlie McCurrie barged his way over with Rob Marsh converting.

Two tries by the hosts early in the second half took the game away from Albion before McCurrie crossed for his second try.

Albion coach Martyn Ellis said: “When we reflect we will realise what a mixed bag of a season it has been.

“The team have had some fantastic victories, but by the same token some disappointing losses.

“We now have to try and find that balance of consistency which will result in us pushing for play-off places.

“We have the squad to achieve this, and with every game the lads are gaining valuable experience which just needs to transfer onto the pitch to get us the win in these tight games.

“The spirit within the camp is exceptional from players through to coaches and it’s a great environment to be a part of.”

Crosfields ended their first campaign in National Conference League Division One in eighth place after a 24-22 loss at promotion-chasing Stanningley.

John Whittaker, Jack Fox, Luke Walker and Brad Stanway touched down for Soap.