IF EVER Thackley needed a big performance it is on Saturday as they host Pickering Town in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

The Dennyboys were title rivals of the Pikes for most of last season but while Thackley finished fifth, Pickering had to settle for the runners-up spot.

The Pikes' biggest rivals this season are second-placed Pontefract Collieries, who have two games in hand.

After a poor recent run, winning just one of their last six, the Dennyboys will be looking to kick-start their campaign.

Liversedge face a tough home game as they welcome third-placed Handsworth Parramore, who are two points off second spot.

Looking to reach the 20-point mark are Albion Sports, who would need a home win over second-from-bottom Barton Town to do so.

Hosting Armthorpe Welfare are Campion, who are looking to breach the 30-point barrier in their 15th league fixture in Division One.

Fifth-placed Eccleshill United will also be expected to pick up another three points after their seven-game winning streak.

The Eagles host rock-bottom Brigg Town, who are already three points adrift, having played three games more than second-from-bottom Nostell Miners' Welfare.

Silsden go in search of a 12th straight victory in Division One of the Hallmark Security League when they travel to Eccleshall.

The Cobbydalers have swept all before them in the league so far this season, while their hosts are 18th, just one point above the relegation places.