KNUTSFORD can measure their progress on the pitch during what Sam Bensky predicts will be one of their toughest tests of the season on Saturday.

They play host to Newcastle, who have won twice in impressive fashion since they were switched to the North West Intermediate League’s Division Four South at the end of November.

Before that they had lost only once at the level below.

“They’re obviously strong,” said Blues’ captain.

“I still think a battle to be promoted is between three teams, and we’re one of them, but the competition behind is capable of springing a surprise on a given day.

“Our next game falls into that category.”

Knutsford won at Bowdon’s thirds on their return to the field in a final fixture before Christmas after five weeks without one.

It leaves them third in the table, and seven points adrift of a promotion position.

However they have a game in hand on Lymm fourth’s ahead of them.

Moore took over top spot after beating Northwich thirds last time out.

Kick-off at the Academy this weekend is 2.15pm.

In-form Holmes Chapel seek to extend a winning sequence to seven matches in Division Two South when they head to Widnes seconds the same afternoon.

They defeated Didsbury Toc-H seconds last time out in a double-header, and the eight points propelled them up to second spot behind leaders Glossop seconds.

A 31-7 success against Widnes in September leaves them chasing another double against opponents that were promoted with them at the end of last term.

Chapel’s seconds head to their Eagle counterparts for a friendly.