Keighley Cougars v Barrow Raiders Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)
Date: Wednesday 10th May
Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley
After picking up a victory against Coventry despite not being at there best, the Cougars backup for a second game in four days as the Barrow Raiders visit Cougar Park in the Golden Ticket Bonanza.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Cougars returned from a three week break from action with a 24-44 victory at the Coventry Bears. Eight tries from eight different scorers sealed the victory with Mike Emmett, Hamish Barnes, Andy Gabriel, Brad Nicholson, Harry Aaronson, Scott Law, Brendon Rawlins and Will Milner grabbing four pointers for Lingard’s side.
Paul Crarey rung the changes ahead of a busy schedule but his side still recored a 58-16 home victory over a galliant South Wales Ironmen. A hat-trick from Ryan Fieldhouse and a brace from Nathan Mossop set the Raiders on their way with further tries on the evening come through Tom Loxham, Joe Bullock, Ryan Johnston, James Duerden, Danny Morrow and Karl Ashall.
Craig Lingard has had to make two enforced changes from the victory at Coventry with Hamish Barnes (Knee) and James Feather (Illness) both ruled out following Sunday’s game. Josh Lynam (Back) who sat out the game against the Bears returns to the side as does Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) who returned to action in the Reserves victory over the Scotland Students on Saturday.
Paul Crarey will be without Jamie Dallimore once more as he serves the fourth game of his five game suspension for a Dangerous Throw. Martin Aspinwall and Oliver Wilkes both return to the side after being rested in the victory over the Ironmen on Saturday whilst Lewis Charnock (Ankle) has been passed fit to play.
Craig Lingard has made no secret to the fact that the Cougars have struggled with the Raiders pack in the previous three meetings between the sides in 2017, that’s why the experience of the likes of Scott Law and Neil Cherryholme could prove vital in this fixture, especially against a fellow veteran in Oliver Wilkes and arguably the standout Prop in League One, Joe Bullock.
COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Finigan; Gabriel; Kelly; Law; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Tonks; Whittel.
RAIDERS: Abram; Ashall; Aspinwall; Bullock; Charnock; Cresswell; Dawson; Duerden; Fieldhouse; Fleming; Hulme; Marwood; Morrow; Mossop; Stack; D Toal; S Toal; Walker; Wilkes.
Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “I knew when this game was re-arranged that I was going to have to make changes and on Sunday we lost Buster through illness after 20 minutes and Hamish took a bad knock to the knee but continued to play the full eighty.
“We’re going to have to take a look at some other bodies as well as we know we’ll have to go a bit bigger in the pack on the evening against Barrow and we decided on the squad Monday which is a bit of a hindrance given the fact we have to submit squads 48 hours before games.
“The problem with that is with it a being such a short turnaround, any player who usually would be able to shake off a knock they’d picked up with a week to do so won’t be able to and it means it might force my hand in regards to team selection for this game.”
Barrow Raiders Head Coach Paul Crarey: “There is nothing between the two teams and they’ve proven that against us, and we’ve got away from them because we are prepared to grind and they’ve come up with some errors which have allowed us in.
“We’ll go there and grind, we can rotate and we’ll have a look at the squad, and bring a side in today to go there and get the win. We’re just happy the way things are going, we’ve got the win against South Wales and we move onto Keighley, which will be a different ball game all together.”
The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Round Seven fixture at Cougar Park is Andy Sweet from Castleford. Sweet will be officiating his second Cougars League One fixture of the year after previoulsy being the whistle blower for the Cougars 21-48 home defeat to Toronto Wolfpack at the back end of March.
Craig Lingard will be hoping for a much improved performance for his side from the one that did enough to see of Coventry on Sunday whilst Paul Crarey will be hoping his side don’t have one eye on the upcoming Challenge Cup tie at Leeds on Sunday which are followed by a trip to Toronto and a League One Cup Final in Blackpool. It does though have all the makings for yet another Cougar Park classic between the two.