KENDAL and Netherfield play each other in the Auld Grey Derby on Saturday with so much to play for as the competition intensifies.

Kendal go into the game full of confidence after they moved up to third in the table - their highest position in years.

The Auld Greys who are captained by Chris Miller have had a largely positive season, with only a few setbacks falling to defeat against Blackpool and St Annes while taking a losing draw against Garstang at Shap Road.

Wins over Leyland, Lancaster, and Longridge have seen Kendal climb up the table while a tie against Chorley and draws with Fleetwood and Garstang have shown the side's resilience in games where they have been in losing positions.

Netherfield, captained by Ben Barrow, made a good start to their season - winning against Lancaster, Fleetwood, St Annes and Chorley.

However, a rain-affected defeat to Garstang earlier in the season alongside a run of three straight league defeats against Morecambe, Leyland and Blackpool see The Field drop down the table.

Netherfield hold the overall advantage over their neighbours, but Kendal in recent seasons have started to claim the bragging rights after they defeated their rivals in the last game of the 2019 season at Parkside Road, while also defeating them at Shap Road last season.

A win for Netherfield will see them overtake The Auld Greys while a Kendal victory could see them solidify third place and they could even go up to second position.

The game will be a first local derby for Chalana Da Silva and Shrikant Mundhe, while Netherfields Richie Forsyth will also be experiencing the derby for the first time.

Da Silva who joined Kendal this season has made a mixed start to life at Shap Road, while Indian Professional Mundhe has also made a mixed start scoring two centuries against Fleetwood and Chorley while struggling against some of the other teams in the league.

The captaincy of both Ben Barrow and Chris Miller could also be crucial, with both having captained their respective teams for a number of years.

Miller is now into what must be his 10th season as Kendals captain while Barrow is into his sixth season as the clubs captain.

The game holds extra significance to Lewis and Finlay Richardson who joined Netherfield from Kendal, while Ben Phillips who used to be Netherfields overseas amateur now plays for Kendal and may go up against his former team.