York City Knights coach Gary Thornton has labeled Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One clash with Oldham as “massive”.
The Knights currently top the table and could pull six points clear of second-placed Oldham.
But Oldham, who have a game in hand on the Knights, could draw level at the top of the table if they take the points.
Thornton said: “This is a massive game. We know teams below us have all got games in hand and are chasing us hard, so it’s important we take these opportunities.
“Our destiny is in our own hands; if we win all our remaining games, we’ll finish top.
“But this is going to be a much tougher task than recent weeks. It will be a lot more intense and played at a faster speed.”
Thornton is likely to name an unchanged squad, with Iain Morrison (arm) and Brad Brennan (suspended) still ruled out.
Danny Whitmore is available for Oldham, who will give Kenny Hughes as long as possible to prove his fitness after he suffered an ankle injury last week.
Oldham were 46-6 winners over Gloucestershire All Golds last week. Coach Scott Naylor said: “We need to take that form into our next three games and see where we are after that.”