Royals play in home village for first time

Methley Royals coach Paul Handforth.
Methley Royals coach Paul Handforth.
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METHLEY Royal open age team amateur rugby league team, formed in 2007, play their first game in their home village on Saturday.

The Royals will host Barnsley outfit Hoyland Vikings at Pinfold Lane, having concluded negotiations with Castleford RUFC for use of one of the two pitches on the site.

The club have spent their first four seasons at Willowbridge, Castleford, sharing facilities with Smawthorne Panthers.

Methley, under the new coaching duo of Paul Handforth (pictured) and Reece Willshaw, have now switched from the Yorkshire League to the Pennine League and won last Saturday’s opening Division Three fixture at Greetland All Rounders 46-4.

Methley vice-chairman Phil Hodgson said: “We are very grateful to Castleford RUFC for allowing us the use of Pinfold Lane, and to junior club Methley Warriors, who have helped facilitate our move.

“In addition, we can’t speak too highly of Smawthorne, who made us very welcome during our time at Willowbridge. We intend to maintain our strong and close links with them.”