York City Knights Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Following last Thursday evening’s crucial win over the Workington Town in front of the Premier Sports cameras, Paul March takes his side across Yorkshire this Sunday to take on the York City Knights, the side that the Cougars nilled at Cougar Park back in March.
Despite fears that James ‘Buster’ Feather had broken his nose during the victory over Workington, Marchy is expected to name an unchanged squad going into Sunday’s game. This is another positive to come out of the Workington victory which ended a run of six straight defeats and got the start of season target of a top eight finish back on track.
On that, Paul March had this to say: “When we sat down at the beginning of the season the top eight was our goal, and that hasn’t changed. We now go into the next five matches expecting to win, and if we do that the top eight is in our hands.”
One of the stranger stories to come out of the Workington game was that Paul had to deny a long grass ploy following the length of the grass on the Cougar Park pitch last Thursday night. Paul March had this to say whilst denying the long grass ploy: “The groundsman can only get on the field when it’s dry, and we’ve had a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks. He did manage to get on the field a few hours before kick-off to take a bit off, but it was slightly long. You can’t cut the grass when it’s wet as it ruins the pitch; it certainly wasn’t a ploy on our behalf.”
For the Cougars hosts this Sunday, York City Knights, they will be without two of their key players for this weekend’s clash with the Cougars. These are Luke Stenchion who has been suspended following an incident in last Sunday’s victory over Doncaster RL and James Ford who is still fighting an injury which his kept out for most of the campaign.
The Knights comprehensive 42-10 victory over the Dons makes this trip to the Viking city a tough one for the Cougars, and speaking this week their coach Gary Thornton had this to say: “We were excellent last week compared to how we’ve been previously, and now we’ve got to kick on. We’ve got another really important game against Keighley, a team near us on the table, and we’re looking to back up last week’s effort.”