Workington Town Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Following slipping to the foot of the Kingstone Press Championship after the weekend defeat away at the Leigh Centurions, Paul March’s Keighley Cougars outfit welcome Workington Town to Cougar Park in Thursday’s must win televised fixture.
With the Cougars collapsing in a dreadful second half which saw them shift forty points with only six in reply, Paul March has a lot to consider with a two try debut by Under 20’s starlet Ben Stead the only positive to seem to come out of the Leigh Sports Village on top of no new injury worries for the player-coach.
Thursday night will hopefully see Marchy as well as Joe Chandler and James Haley return from injury. Paul is also hopeful that a new signing will be in the ranks ahead of the televised fixture against the Cumbrian outfit.
Second half stability will also be a target for Thursday evening with Paul saying this following the defeat from Leigh Centurions: “In the second half we were an embarrassment to ourselves. We let people down, especially the supporters who travelled to watch us. We only played for forty minutes here and that’s got to change and change quick. When we get tired, we fall back into old habits. Certain individuals are not doing what they should be doing.”
For the Cougars visitors this Thursday, Workington Town, they will also be looking to get back to winning ways after going a month without a victory following their 18-16 triumph away at the Dewsbury Rams in the back end of April.
Joint Head Coach Gary Charlton wants the Town defence to better itself after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Doncaster RL on Sunday. He will have to do this however without the pair of Kris Coward and Jason Mossop who picked up a ligament injury on Sunday. They will also be missing dual registration star Declan Hulme who is with parent club Widnes Vikings.
This Thursday evenings fixture will see the Cougars offer the Two Adults and Two Children (17 and Under) for £20 offer to all supporters of both the Cougars and Town. The offer is to help the Cougars expand and broaden the age range of the crowd and the success of the offer will determine whether it will be repeated or not. For those who cannot make it down Thursday, the game will be televised live on Premier Sports from 19:30.