Workington Town Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Following last week’s hard fought victory over amateur club Siddal in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, the Cougars return to action in the Kingstone Press Championship this Sunday when they travel to Cumbria to take on Workington Town.
Paul March will be expected to make changes with some of the fringe players of the squad getting run outs last week and will be hoping that monster Prop Forward Andy Shickell will return from injury. This game may be too soon for Ryan Smith who is still recovering from the after effects off a car accident and Paul March himself who is still suffering from a rib injury sustained in last month’s victory over the York City Knights.
This match also presents the men from Cougar Park the chance to extend their undefeated run to five in all competitions and four in the Championship but they may just have one eye on next weekend’s mouth watering Tetley’s Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie with Super League side and current cup holders Warrington Wolves.
For the Cougars hosts this weekend, Workington Town, they will have a few selection headaches coming into this game. James Robinson will be suspended having been charged with a Grade D offence of punching and conduct contrary to the spirit of the game after an incident in the Cumbrian outfits Challenge Cup victory over French side Carcassonne. The other selection headache has been caused by Adam Walne who has been recalled from his loan spell by parent club Salford City Reds.
Workington Town will also welcome Brett Phillips back into the side following recovering from a knee injury. This will see him join a side filled with Super League experience which includes the trio of Mark Calderwood, Jamie Thackray and Ewan Dowes. All three have played their parts in Great Britain tours and finals of the Super League and Challenge Cup and will give Paul something to think about.