North Wales Crusaders v Keighley Cougars Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in Association with A1 Stairlifts.
The Cougars hit the road this weekend looking to make it four consecutive victories as they travel to Wrexham to take on the North Wales Crusaders.
With Paul March’s two month Stadium ban being upheld by the RFL on Thursday, Performance Director Paul Royston and the conditioning team of Adam Mitchell and Scott Lindsay will take charge of the side again in Marchy’s absence.
Luckily for the temporary coaching team, the hard fought victory over the Swinton Lions saw the long awaited return of experience club captain, James ‘Buster’ Feather, with more of the absentee list also set to return.
Andy Shickell (Foot) and James Haley (Back) both missed out last week but could be in the mix for the trip across the border this coming Sunday. However, with the impressive form being shown by the player currently in Shick’s and Haley’s positions, this will be easier said than done.
This Sunday’s game at the Racecourse Stadium could also see the long awaited return of Ash Lindsay from his broken leg. ‘Tingle’ has been out of action since sustaining the injury during March’s victory away at Workington Town.
For the Cougars opponents, North Wales Crusaders, Andy Moulsdale (Shin) is their only doubt ahead of Sunday’s Championship clash.
The Crusaders are hoping to break a world record prior to the game for the biggest rugby scrum. The home side are looking for 196 or even more supporters from both the Crusaders and the Cougars to join in to help break the record. Application form can be found on both clubs websites.
The event will start at 13:45, with two teams being invited onto the Racecourse Stadium pitch to take part. The game is also the first ever ‘Autism Friendly’ game with supporters suffering from the learning disability being invited to turn up for the game.