The rest of the National Conference Premier Division will be watching with interest tomorrow afternoon when the latest Cumbrian derby takes centre stage.

Egremont host Wath Brow in the televised game and it promises to be an absorbing contest between two sides who should be fresh after no exertions last Saturday.

This has been Egremont’s best season in the top-flight and they will be looking for the two points to cement second place in the table.

Everybody has given up on catching runaway leaders Hunslet Club Parkside who still boast a 100 per cent record after seven games, and only require a point from their last five games to be certain of topping the league.

They actually don’t play this weekend but can still be crowned league winners if Wath Brow win at Egremont.

The third and fourth-placed sides actually meet but both Thatto Heath, who have home advantage, and West Hull, are two points adrift of Egremont and can’t even catch Parkside now.

Wath Brow, though, have slipped from a challenging position inside the top four to be in the bottom half of the table, just four points ahead of Kells who consider themselves to be in a relegation fight.

For anyone planning to watch Egremont v Wath Brow live after 4pm on TV, there’s the opportunity to take in a massive game for Kells.

It’s the proverbial four-pointer as they host Rochdale Mayfield, the team immediately below them in the final relegation place.

Kells have a two-point advantage but Mayfield have a better scoring differential and a win would lift them above the west Cumbrians.

Kells will be well aware that Mayfield are something of a bogey team to them and, if ever they needed to break that bogey, it’s tomorrow afternoon.

It was a sad week for the Iggesund Cumberland ARL when Flimby became the second club this season to pull-out of the competition.

Broughton Red Rose had resigned earlier and Flimby decided it was impossible to carry on with just a handful of players turning up for training.

Hensingham A haven’t pulled out but they have asked for three weeks free of fixtures while the club as a whole recovers from a withering crop of injuries.

That has contributed to Hensingham’s dramatic fade out in the Premier Division title race which has left Distington unchallenged at the top.

Hensingham will be in action tonight with a local derby at home to Kells A while champions elect in Division One, Wath Brow A, also play tonight at home to Egremont A – a curtain-raiser for tomorrow’s first-team clash.

Two games have been arranged for tomorrow – Seaton host Distington in the Premier Division and Aspatria entertain Cockermouth in Division One.