BRISTOL Sonics will be bidding to win the Rugby League Conference West Midlands qualifying group when they host Birmingham Bulldogs on Saturday.The Sonics moved two points clear at the top of the group following an impressive 32-24 win over title rivals Leicester Storm at last weekend’s ‘Midlands Magic’ event and can only now be denied top spot by tomorrow’s visitors to Aretians (2.30pm).A victory will guarantee the Sonics a place in the four-team Midlands Premier League, where they will fight for the title and a place at the National Final play-offs in August.The Sonics go into the game in fine fettle after tries from Mike Norman (2), Joel Keen, Dan Evans, Peter Butcher and Josh Sampson, complemented by the accurate kicking of skipper Dom Swann, secured victory over Leicester .”I was pleased with many aspects of our performance last weekend,” said director of coaching Karl Fearnley. “It was great to get a result against a tough, well-drilled side like Leicester . That said, we made life difficult for ourselves in the second half by making a lot of errors and giving away needless penalties.”Meanwhile, Bristol Sonics A travel to face Co-operative Rugby League Conference West of England leaders Wiltshire Wyverns. The Sonics’ second string came agonisinglyclose to overturning the men from Corsham at the start of June, losing a thrilling match 26-28. However, they grabbed their first win a week later away to Oxford Cavaliers and will go into this weekend’s game full of confidence.The weekend of rugby league continues on Sunday with the third of four junior festivals taking place at Southmead RFC. The first games kick-off at 13:00 and, as ever, entrance to all matches is free.

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