Lancashire face one more group game in their 2018 Bill Beaumont County Championship Cup campaign in order to book an appearance in the Final at Twickenham on Sunday, May 27th. They welcome old friends and foes, Cheshire, to the Woodlands on Saturday (ko 3pm) in order to earn this privilege.
Despite significant selection complications due to overhanging National League Two fixtures, Lancashire have put in two excellent performances in the last two weeks to put them in good heart for Saturday. They opened their campaign with a 20-64 victory over Northumberland at Percy Park despite their contingent of Sedgley Park players being unavailable due to their play-off fixture at Chinnor.
They followed this up with a 52-31 win against a strong Eastern Counties squad at Sedgley Park on Saturday. This time they were without their Sale FC players who had a fixture against Luctonians which had a crucial effect on relegation in N2N.
Head Coach Mark Nelson and his coaches have the very difficult task of selecting a squad for the Cheshire match with all these players, baring injury, available for the first time.
Lancashire will be attempting to reach their ninth Final at HQ in the last ten years, an incredible achievement by Nelson and everyone else at the Lancs RFU who have made this possible.