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Club Statement – Fryston Warriors

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Keighley Cougars have issued the following statement following incidents at yesterday’s game against Fryston Warriors.

The club has today recieved official confirmation from the RFL that an investigation is taking place into the brawl that marred an otherwise enthralling cup tie.

Emmerson Whittel sustained a broken jaw and we believe as a club that the way he was man handled by numerous Fryston players is not in the spirit of the game.

The club have also requested that the ear bite on Josh Lynam is reviewed thoroughly by the RFL.

Finally, the club have also lodged a formal complaint in regards to the manner our players and staff were treated upon arrival.

Both the 19 man squad and members of the backroom staff were refused entry by Fryston Officials into the ground without a valid match day ticket.

The players allocation of family and friends tickets was then claimed to have been used to admit the playing squad and coaching staff into the ground.

The club is outraged by this development and will now not make any further statements as we await a full report from the RFL.

 

Cougars Scrape A Pass In Difficult Test

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Fryston Warriors 32-50 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars squeezed through to the Challenge Cup Fourth Round defeating Fryston Warriors in a game filled with talking points.

Craig Lingard kept his post-match interview short with Linners lambasting his side’s performance as “embarrassing” and criticising his players for being “dragged down to Fryston’s level.”

And Lingard was right, his side were dragged down to the Pennine League Champions level as shown by the second half brawl which marred an otherwise enthralling game of Rugby League.

An exchanging of words between Davey Dixon and Adam Rothwell boiled over and descended into utter chaos with numerous fights breaking out across the field.

This led to Dixon and Rothwell both being sent to the sin-bin whilst Andy Speake and Emmerson Whittel were both dismissed.

Whittel, whose red card could be deemed harsh in self-defence, came off worse as he found himself manhandled on the ground by a number of Fryston players, and disgracefully some spectators, leaving him with a broken jaw.

All this came just moments after an incident had been placed on report as Josh Lynam appeared to have his ear bitten in the tackle.

Prior to this, the Cougars were finding this cup tie a real banana skin as the hosts ruffled the feathers of the side five divisions above them.

Despite taking an early lead through James Feather who squeezed over from dummy half, Fryston drew level when former Keighley captain Paul Handforth broke downfield and sent Wayne McHugh racing over.

Josh Tonks restored the visitor’s advantage as he exposed a bus sized gap in the defensive line but they nearly found themselves heading into half-time trailing the community club.

Another former Cougar in Jack Lee threw a lovely dummy pass from the play the ball to put Andy Matthews over in the far corner with Handforth turning provider for McHugh once more as the centre pounced on a grubber kick.

But the sides would head to the dressing rooms level as Fryston were penalised for not standing square and the ball was worked across to Danny Lawton to dive over.

Despite an error from the restart, it would be first blood to the Cougars in the second half as Sean Kelly continued his impressive return from injury by taking the play the ball and weaving his way over under the posts.

Towering forward Steve Scott brought the amateurs back level when he powered over from close range despite the best efforts of Ritchie Hawkyard to halt his progress.

Then came the games big talking point but with the game reduced to 11-a-side, the Cougars turned the screw with three quick fire tries to effectively kill the game off as a contest.

The resulting penalty from the original exchange of punches went the way of the visitors and Adam Ryder was on hand to touch down.

Cougars then broke twice from restarts, Sean Kelly finished a flowing move for his second before Hawkyard was held short allowing Brendon Rawlins to crash over.

Shaun Gee touched down an Aaron Dobek grubber to bring the scores back within twelve points but Ryder broke down the left flank to send his winger Andy Gabriel racing to the line.

Jack Lee squeezed over to score against his former employers but Hawkyard had the final say finishing a break as Gabriel turned provider.

Road To Wembley Begins – Fryston Preview

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Fryston Warriors v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Saturday 25th February

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Big Fellas Stadium, Featherstone

After beginning the defence of the League One Cup with victory over Doncaster last Sunday, the Cougars enter the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup where they head to Featherstone to face the Pennine League Champions, Fryston Warriors.

LAST TIME OUT:

Fryston Warriors were awarded a 18-0 walkover last Saturday in the Second Round of the Xamax National Cup after Beverley Braves withdrew from the competition. This means the Warriors last game was the 12-40 victory over the London Chargers in the previous round of the Challenge Cup. With Paul Handforth on debut, the Warriors raced into a 6-24 lead at the interval and turned the screw further in the second half to progress.

The Cougars began the defence of the League One Cup with a 30-22 victory over Doncaster RL at Cougar Park. Despite an Adam Ryder try, the Cougars trailed by 8 points at the interval but a ruthless at times display in the second-half saw an Andy Gabriel brace and tries from Fran Welsh and Sean Kelly give Linners’ side the advantage and despite a later Doncaster comeback, Emmerson Whittel pounced in the last minute to secure victory and a place in the Quarter Finals.

TEAM NEWS:

With no game last weekend, Fryston Warriors Head Coach Danny Bolton is expected to come into this Challenge Cup tie with all members of his first team squad fit and available for selection. This means that former Cougars duo Paul Handforth and Jack Lee are expected to start tomorrow at the Big Fellas Stadium.

Craig Lingard will still be without Matthew Bailey (Calf) and Nathan Conroy (Ankle) as they both near full fitness whilst Adam Brook (Rib) and Ben Sagar (Hamstring) are out of action once more as Linners goes into the fixture with an unchanged side. Josh Casey serves the second of a four game suspension following being found guilty of a Grade D Dangerous Throw.

KEY BATTLE:

An amateur club is usually a step into the unknown for most League One clubs at this stage however everyone involved with the Cougars knows the threat Paul Handforth can pose on his day. But is there still life in the old dog yet? Or will the Cougars exciting young pup Matty Beharrell be teaching him new tricks throughout tomorrow’s clash.

THE COACHES:

Fryston Warriors Head Coach Danny Bolton: “We are really looking forward to the game, the club is really buzzing at the moment, and we are confident of getting a result.

“I watched Keighley last weekend and they were playing one of the better sides in their division. There are a few areas where they look lethal and a few which we believe we can target.

“This opportunity and the Challenge Cup means everything to our club, imagine drawing Featherstone in the next round?

“I do think getting a result against Keighley is out of our reach but we will need to be switched on. We will give it a really good shot.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “We’ve played two amateur teams in pre-season (Hunslet Warriors and a Keighley Amateur Select side) so we know what amateurs are going to throw at us.

“Being a Sharlston lad and being quite close to Fryston, I’ve seen a few battles between the two teams.

“I know Fryston are going to be really aggressive and try to unsettle us but I think Doncaster had a bit of that about them.

“They tried to unsettle us in the middle of the park but we showed as unit that we wouldn’t be bullied and we stood up for each other. That’s what we’ll need to do this week if need be.”

THE REFEREE:

The whistle blower for tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round tie between the Cougars and the Warriors. is John McMullen from Wigan. McMullen officiated the Cougars pre-season friendly defeat at Barrow three weeks ago and was the man in the middle at Cougar Park last Sunday as the Cougars saw off Doncaster in the League One Cup First Round.

PREDICTION:

The Cougars showed what they are capable off when the pressure is on throughout last Sunday’s victory over Doncaster and the neutral will be hoping that Craig Lingard and his side slip on the banana skin in front of them. However, you have to think that the Fryston fairytale will have anything but a happy ending come 4:30pm. – COUGARS BY 36

Sponsors Night AND Q&A Confirmed

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Keighley Cougars wish to invite you to our Sponsors and Q&A night on Thursday 9th March 2017.

This will take place in the Executive Suite at Cougar Park with the bar open from 7.30pm and a complimentary curry buffet served from 8.30pm.

After the shirt presentations a panel composed of the Head Coach, another member of the coaching staff and two selected players will carry out a Q&A.

I hope you can attend what will be an interesting event for all! Feel free to invite other people and businesses along to the evening!

19 Man Squad Announcement – Fryston Warriors

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face the Fryston Warriors.

Following the 30-22 victory over Doncaster RL last weekend, Lingard has opted to head into this tie with the Pennine League Champions with an unchanged squad from last weekend.

Matthew Bailey (Calf) and Nathan Conroy (Ankle) are both nearing full fitness following their injuries whilst Josh Casey will serve the second of his four game suspension following being charged with a Grade D Dangerous Throw.

Adam Brook (Rib) and Ben Sagar (Hamstring) are both also still ruled out through injury.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE FRYSTON WARRIORS:
2 – Andy Gabriel
4 – Danny Lawton
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
15 – Neil Cherryholme
16 – Will Milner
18 – Josh Tonks
20 – Nathan Kitson
21 – Emmerson Whittel
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
23 – Fran Welsh
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

Supporters Information – Fryston Warriors

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Keighley Cougars would like to inform supporters travelling to Featherstone on Saturday of the arrangements regarding the fixture.

The following his been agreed following discussions between the Cougars and our opponents Fryston Warriors as well as Featherstone Rovers who are hosting the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round tie.

The turnstiles at the Big Fellas Stadium will be open from 1pm onwards for a 3pm kick off with two turnstiles in operation at the ground on the day.

This fixture is pay on the day with the prices set at £10 Adults, £5 Concessions and £1 for Juniors.

We would like to inform Cougars supporters that random bag checks and observations will be made as you approach turnstiles at the Big Fellas Stadium in order to prevent alcohol being taken into the stadium from external outlets.

Inside the ground there is the Naturally Best Food Kiosk which will be open from 1pm onwards.

There are three bars situated around the Big Fellas Stadium which are the Cappers Bar, the Cafe Bar and Skolars Bar which are all open from 1pm onwards.

Travel Pack – Fryston Warriors

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Fryston Warriors Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

This Saturday afternoon the Cougars head to the Big Fellas Stadium, home of Kingstone Press Championship outfit Featherstone Rovers, to face Pennine League Champions Fryston Warriors in the Third Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. If you’re heading to Featherstone this Saturday, here is everything you need to know:

DETAILS:
Fryston Warriors v Keighley Cougars
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round
Big Fellas Stadium
Saturday 25th February 2017, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Mr J McMullen

 

 

ADMISSION:
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
£10 Adult
£5 Concessions
£1 Children

VENUE:
BigFellasStadium3A traditional style Rugby League ground, The Big Fellas Stadium has a clubhouse along with a roofed seating stand down one side of the pitch with another covered seating stand running down the opposite side.

Over the winter of 2013, the club completed the building of two new covered seating stands, one connects to the stand running down the right hand side of the pitch with another situated behind the left hand side posts. Behind the other set of sticks, is the Post Office Road Terrace where both sets of supporters can mingle together for some friendly banter.

Once you go through the turnstiles there is a large spaced area in which you can find access to the clubhouse bar, refereshment kiosks, programme sellers and the Featherstore Club Shop where you can buy merchandise or your copy of the programme should a seller be unable to be found.

WHERE TO DRINK:
The ‘Rovers Pie Hut’ is located on the ‘Post Office Road Terrace’ overlooking the field, so there’s no need to miss any of the action while you tuck into Pie & Pies, Hot Dogs and snacks. Adjacent to the Pie Hut is another bar offering canned alchoholic drinks.

To the rear of the Main Stand is the ‘Rovers Cafe Bar’ serving a huge range of Hot Food & Drinks. Pie’s, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Steak Canadian, Chips and occasionally Jacket Potatoes with various fillings. Hot & Cold drinks are also available here including Bovril & Hot Chocolate. The ‘Cafe Bar’ also serves a range of canned alcoholic drinks for those crazy summer months!

The Blue Lagoon is situated under the SCS Components Community Stand and is an excellent venue for some local banter before kick off! Run by volunteers for the fans, all profits go to ‘FRISA’ for player & squad development. A full range of cold drinks are on offer and there are shirts and photo’s from across the decades to browse. The Blue Lagoon bar opens one hour before kick off and again during half-time.

The Atrium is the main clubhouse bar and offers an extensive range of drinks for your enjoyment. The bar shows Live Sports throughout the day meaning this is the perfect place to start your evening. There’s a number of small TV’s and a giant 12ft Screen, so no danger of missing any action here!

WHERE TO PARK:
There is a small car park located at the ground, however it is primarily for the use of home supporters and visiting disabled supporters only. However, there is plenty of street parking available around the ground and the surrounding area.

TRAVEL:

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: WF7 5EN
SUGGESTED ROUTE (32.9 miles, 57 min)

Head east on Royd Ings Avenue toward Alston Road.
Turn left onto Bradford Road/B6265.
Take the 3rd right onto Aireworth Road.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airevalley Road/A650. (Continue to follow A650, Go through Two Roundabouts)
Slight right onto Manningham Lane/A650.
Take the 1st right onto Drewton Road/A6181.
Turn left onto Westgate/A6181.
Turn right onto Godwin Street/A6181.
Slight left onto Prince’s Way/A6181.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Manchester Road/A641.
Slight left toward Mayo Avenue/A6177.
Continue straight onto Mayo Ave/A6177. (Continue to follow A6177)
Slight right onto Chase Way.
Continue onto M606 (signs for M62/M1).
Take the M62 (E)/A638 exit toward M1/Dewsbury/Hull/Leeds.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M62 ramp to Hull/Leeds/M1.
Merge onto M62.
At junction 31, take the A655 exit to Castleford/Normanton.
Slight right toward A655.
Continue straight onto A655.
Slight left to stay on A655. (Go Through Two Roundabouts)
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Havertop Ln/B6134. (Go Through One Roundabout)
Turn left onto Loscoe Lane/B6134.
Turn left onto Ackton Lane/B6134.
Take the 3rd right onto Featherstone Lane/B6421. (Continue to follow B6421)
Turn left onto Station Lane/B6421.
Turn left onto Post Office Road.
Big Fellas Stadium will be to your left.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TRAIN: 12:22 from Keighley, arriving in Leeds at 12:50
TRAIN: 13:06 from Leeds, arriving in Wakefield Kirkgate at 13:24
TRAIN: 13:31 from Wakefield Kirkgate, arriving in Featherstone at 13:43
TRAIN: 17:04 from Featherstone, arriving in Wakefield Kirkgate at 17:19
TRAIN: 17:28 from Wakefield Kirkgate, arriving in Leeds at 17:49
TRAIN: 18:26 from Leeds, arriving in Keighley at 18:51

Reserves Fall Short In Pulsating Game

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Keighley Cougars Reserves 38-40 Halifax RL Reserves Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

COUGARS Reserves opened their 2017 season with a thrilling 38-40 defeat at the hands of local rivals Halifax at Cougar Park.

It was the Cougars who opened the scoring as Vinny Finigan raced down the left flank to cross in the corner.

Halifax ttook charge for the first time on the evening as Sion Jones powered his way through but they fell behind when the ball came loose and Harry Aaronson showed great footwork to dazzle the defence.

Alex Mammone restored the visitor’s slender advantage but in the final ten minutes of the first half, the Cougars scored twice more to have the upper hand at the interval.

Aiden Scully first dove onto a grubber kick from Aaronson with Finigan scoring his second, sliding over on the back of great link-up play between James Pickering and Dane Weatherill.

The second half saw Halifax race out the blocks, scoring five tries in a twenty minute blitz after the break.

Joslin Landu crashed over and minutes later, Martin Gonzalez’s side really turned the screw as a kick from Luke Nelmes caused confusion in the defence with Liam Bent the quickest to pounce.

And following the restart, ill-discipline within the Keighley ranks allowed their opposition to work their way down the field with Chester Butler rounding a would-be tackler to race over and extend his sides lead.

Going down the hill in the second-half, Halifax were really turning the screw and were over once more on the hour as Martyn Reilly handed off his marker to power over underneath the uprights.

Jamie Stringer worked his way in at the corner flag but the Cougars then sprung into life to make a game off it.

Joe Newell sparked the fire intercepting a Fax grubber and racing the length of the field to dive over and on the back of the penalty, Callum Dunne turned through a tackle to score against his former side.

Ash Hutchinson pounced on a kick into the in-goal area to make it a two point game, however the referee controversially blew up early with time still remaining on the clock.

COUGARS: Aaronson, Barker, Scully, Dunne, Finigan, Payton, Smithson, Harlow-Stephenson, Kitson, Cherryholme, McGuigan, Pickering, Walters. Subs: Davey, Yarrow, Weatherill, Brown, Newell, Hutchinson, Hawthorne.

Cougars Squeeze Through To The Quarters

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Keighley Cougars 30-22 Doncaster RL Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars started their defence of the League One Cup with a hard-fought 30-22 victory to progress to a quarter-final tie away at Barrow Raiders.

It was a fiery end-to-end game which produced ten tries and two sin-bins but the Cougars did enough to start the competitive season with a victory.

Head Coach Craig Lingard said: “The lads showed some great determination and came out in the second half and realised there was a lot of errors that they could have improved on.

“I think we tried to throw the game away at times throughout the second half as we had Doncaster on the ropes and could have delivered the knockout blow but we didn’t and left it until squeaky bum tie to seal the victory.

“The sin-bins were bound to have an effect on the game when a side is down to 12 men for twenty minutes, it takes a lot out of them.

“Certainly with the first sin-binning we didn’t take advantage of it but we did with the second as we completed our sets better and challenged their defence a little bit more.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and we’ll look to improve on today when we face Fryston on Saturday.”

After a scrappy opening, Doncaster broke the deadlock when, from a play the ball, Liam Welham exposed the space to dive over from close range.

Charlie Martin, who scored the Cougars’ winning try in the final of this competition last May, marked his return to Cougar Park with a sin-bin after a shoulder charge on former team-mate Will Milner.

Lingard’s side took advantage of the extra man with Adam Ryder taking a pass ten metres from the Doncaster line and handing off a number of would-be tacklers to bring the home side within two points.

But the visitors went into the interval with an eight-point lead when Zac Braham got the offload out of the tackle to Kieran Cross who marauded his way through to touch down.

The second half began with Doncaster again reduced to 12 when Jordie Hedges was shown yellow for a spear tackle.

The home side showed no mercy down the slope and, from the resulting penalty, Andy Gabriel cut inside off the wing and weaved his way over for his first try of the afternoon.

Fran Welsh then gave Keighley the lead for the first time as he marked his debut from the bench by showing great strength and power to turn his tackler over and get the ball down on the line.

Sean Kelly marked his return to competitive action after a 21-month injury absence by showing great vision from dummy half to squeeze his way over the Doncaster line.

The game appeared to be settled when Kelly and Matty Beharrell linked up to send a ball wide to Gabriel on the left wing. He had the freedom of Keighley to seal his brace.

Doncaster threatened a comeback with Martin getting his outstretched arm over before Iafeta Palea’aesina powered over underneath the uprights from a metre out to set up a grandstand finish.

But it would be the Cougars who sealed the victory in the closing stages.

After collecting a James Feather grubber underneath the posts, the ball was spilled. From the resulting free play, Emmerson Whittel was quickest to the ball and managed to get over next to the posts.

Cougars Head North For Quarter Final Tie

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The draw for the Quarter Finals of the League One Cup were made following the 30-22 victory over Doncaster RL.

Taking place at Bootham Cresent following the North Wales Crusaders golden point victory over the York City Knights, the Cougars have been drawn to travel to Cumbria to face the Barrow Raiders.

It will be the Cougars second trip to the J F Hornby Stadium this season following a pre-season defeat to the Raiders in early February.

Elsewhere, the Crusaders have been drawn away at the Newcastle Thunder whilst Workington’s reward for knocking out arch rivals Whitehaven is the long trip south to Cheltenham to face the All Golds.

The other tie has seen Oxford RL drawn at home to the London Skolars.

LEAGUE ONE CUP QUARTER FINALS DRAW:
All Golds v Workington Town
Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars
Newcastle Thunder v North Wales Crusaders
Oxford RL v London Skolars

League One Cup Defence Begins – Doncaster Preview

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Keighley Cougars v Doncaster RL Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 19th February

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

After a gruelling pre-season campaign, the Cougars get the competitve season underway with Craig Lingard’s first official game in charge as we begin our defence of the League One Cup against Doncaster RL at Cougar Park.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Cougars grinded out a 36-0 victory over the Keighley Amateur Select in horrendous conditions at Cougar Park. After a sole try from Ritchie Hawkyard were the only points in a scrappy first half, Jack Clover crossed on his senior debut for the club with tries from Josh Casey, Sean Kelly, Rikki Sheriffe, Harry Aaronson and Vinny Finigan sealed victory for Craig Lingard’s side.

Doncaster RL pre-season campaign came to a close with a 18-38 defeat to Hull FC at the Keepmoat Stadium. Sam Doherty crossed for a brace to give the Dons an early lead but Lee Radford’s side turned the game around and despite a Jamie Thackray effort to narrow the gap between the sides, Hull opened the gap back up with a couple more tries with Charlie Martin’s effort proving nothing more than a consolation.

TEAM NEWS:

Craig Lingard will be without Matthew Bailey (Calf) and Nathan Conroy (Ankle) on Sunday afternoon. Adam Brook (Rib) and Ben Sagar (Hamstring) are also out of action as is Josh Casey who is serving the first of a four game suspension following being found guilty of a Grade D Dangerous Throw in the defeat at the Barrow Raiders a fortnight ago.

Gary Thornton is without long term injuries Matt Nicholson (Knee) and Mike Kelly (Knee) for Sunday’s game whilst Mason Tonks (Back) is also a doubt after missing out the pre-season defeat to Hull FC a fortnight ago at the Keepmoat Stadium.

KEY BATTLE:

In the clubs two meetings last season, Doncaster dominated the Cougars through the vastly experienced front row duo of Makali Aizue and Iafeta Palea’aesina who have now been joined by fellow veteran Jamie Thackray. The trio will no doubt provide a tough examination for Scott Law, Brendon Rawlins and Brad Nicholson and should be an interesting battle to follow throughout the 80 minutes.

THE COACHES:

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “I’ve watched a few of their pre-season games. They’ve got a really big pack and they play down the middle with a second-phase rugby game with offloads and quick plays.

“We know they will come down the middle and maybe more so with the pitch in the condition it is in.

“I imagine it will be a tough battle down the middle but hopefully the pitch will dry a bit and help us.”

Doncaster RL Head Coach Gary Thornton: “Keighley won the trophy last season and I’m sure that they’ll be wanting to keep hold of it. With the likely conditions and the fact it’s a tight pitch, I expect them to try and play down the middle and the squad we take over there will reflect that.

“I’m confident we can get a result, as we did at the start of last season.

“If we can do that it would lay down a marker for the campaign because I would expect Keighley, who probably under-achieved last year, to be one of the teams up there challenging for promotion.”

THE REFEREE:

The whistle blower for this Sunday’s League One Cup tie between the Cougars and the Dons is John McMullen from Wigan. McMullen officiated the Cougars pre-season friendly defeat at Barrow a fortnight ago and sin-binned Josh Casey for his Dangerous Throw which led to the centre recieving a four-game suspension.

PREDICTION:

The Cougars are looking a much more solid unit under the stewardship of Craig Lingard and the test posed by Doncaster will be a real benchmark of where the new look Keighley squad is as a team, the condition of the pitch could prove to be a factor if the Doncaster charge up the middle of the field can be halted by the Cougars defence. – COUGARS BY 6.

Josh Tonks Signs Up For Another Year

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Keighley Cougars can this evening announce Josh Tonks has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Tonks, like Mike Emmett, joined the club from the troubled York City Knights and the minster city club’s future continued to be uncertain through the winter.

The second-row forward’s pre-season form has cemented his place as one of the first names on Craig Lingard’s teamsheet and earned rave reviews from those on the terraces.

Tonks becomes the sixth member of the current squad to commit their future to the club with more to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Cancer Support Yorkshire Come On Board As Charity Of The Year

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Keighley Cougars are delighted to announce that Cancer Support Yorkshire will be our Charity of the Season for the 2017 season.

The partnership begins with immediate effect and the club are looking forward to working alongside the charity in the next twelve months.

Cancer Support Yorkshire originally set up as the cancer support centre in 1988 and provided a counselling service to those affected by cancer.

By 1990 almost 300 patients and carers a year were receiving support and income maintenance had been recognised as a critical issue for many. Action was taken and a dedicated welfare rights advice service was set up as one of the first in the country.

In 1995 they relocated to larger premises in Daisy Bank opposite Bradford Royal Infirmary. A close working relationship with oncology health professionals and local GP’s brought a dramatic increase in referrals for services and by 2005 we had again outgrown our premises.

In 2010 the organisation in response to confusion about its identity launched a new image reflecting its uniqueness, independence and modern responsive image, supporting the raising of funds.

September 2014 saw expansion plans reach fruition with the opening of the new satellite centre in Skipton. This allows Cancer Support Yorkshire to now be able to offer their full range of practical and emotional support to people in Craven, Wharfedale and the surrounding areas as well as the existing Bradford & Airedale district.

The charity to date are seeing over 3500 people per year and still offer key services whilst constantly striving to meet the needs of clients and are working hard through their fundraising drive to ensure that they can continue to build and remain to provide their support and services for the long-term future.

As a part of the new partnership between the club and the charity, Cancer Support Yorkshire will be bucket collecting at games throughout the season and will be offering seminars and support to players, staff and supporters who are being or have been affected by this terrible disease.

The club are delighted to welcome Cancer Support Yorkshire on board at Cougar Park.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Doncaster RL

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad for this Sunday’s League One Cup tie against Doncaster RL.

The 19 man squad chosen, the first one to be selected by Linners, means there is a potential for nine debutants in Sunday’s game as the Cougars begin there defence of the League One Cup.

Sean Kelly is included meaning he is in line to make his first competitive appearance for the Cougars since sustaining his ACL injury in the May of 2015 against the Oldham Roughyeds.

Co-Captain James Feather comes into the season needing 13 appearances for 300 in Red, White and Green whilst fellow Captain Brendon Rawlins is included as his begins his testimonial year with the club.

Matthew Bailey (Calf), Nathan Conroy (Ankle), Adam Brook (Rib) and Ben Sagar (Hamstring) all miss out as they recover from their respective injuries.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE DONCASTER RL:
2 – Andy Gabriel
4 – Danny Lawton
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
15 – Neil Cherryholme
16 – Will Milner
18 – Josh Tonks
20 – Nathan Kitson
21 – Emmerson Whittel
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
23 – Fran Welsh
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

Fryston Warriors Tie Details Confirmed

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The Keighley Cougars can this afternoon confirm the details for next weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against the Fryston Warriors.

The tie will be held at the Big Fellas Stadium, the home of the Featherstone Rovers, on Saturday 25th February with a 3pm kick off.

Admission details for the clash against the Pennine League Champions have been confirmed as £10 for Adults, £5 for Concessions and £1 for Under 16’s.

Supporters travel for this tie is available at £10.50 per person and requires a £5 deposit to secure your seat. Contact Wendy Holder or Roger Hopkins to book your places on the bus for Saturday’s tie.

Reserves Fixtures Confirmed

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Keighley Cougars can this afternoon confirm the fixtures for the reserves side for the forthcoming season.

Scott Lindsey’s side open their Reserves Championship campaign on Saturday 25th March away at Halifax RL.

Super League sides St Helens, Warrington Wolves and Hull FC will all visit Cougar Park this season with the side travelling to the Saints and Wolves during the season.

Home and away fixtures against fellow League One side South Wales Ironmen also await the Cougars.

Wigan Warriors have opted against playing non Super League sides this season.

There are also friendlies against Halifax RL and the English Universities side ahead of the Student World Cup in Australia.

The full fixtures are listed below:

DateTeamVenueCompetitionRes/KOReport
February 2017
Wed 22Halifax RLCougar ParkPSFL38-40Report
March 2017
Sat 25Halifax RLMBi Shay StadiumRC14:00
April 2017
Sat 1St HelensTotally Wicked StadiumRC13:00
Wed 19Hull FCCougar ParkRC19:45
May 2017
Wed 17St HelensCougar ParkRC19:45
June 2017
Sat 3South Wales IronmenCougar ParkRC12:30
Sat 17English Universities Cougar ParkWUM14:00
Wed 28Halifax RLCougar ParkRC19:45
July 2017
Wed 12Warrington WolvesCougar ParkRC19:45
August 2017
Sat 12South Wales IronmenThe WernRC14:00
September 2017
Sat 16Warrington WolvesVictoria ArenaRC12:30
Sat 30Halifax RLMBi Shay StadiumRC14:00

Josh Casey Suspended

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Keighley Cougars can this afternoon confirm Josh Casey has been handed a suspension by the Rugby Football League.

Casey was charged with a Grade D Dangerous Throw for a challenge on Joe Bullock in the 52nd minute of our pre-season defeat away at the Barrow Raiders earlier this month, a challenge which resulted in the centre being sin-binned by the match official, John McMullen, on the field of play.

A Grade D charge carries a punishment of a 3-5 game suspension and a fine with no Early Guilty Plea available due to the nature of the charge.

The Rugby Football League Disciplinary board met yesterday evening and have now suspended Josh for four games and handed him a £75 fine.

Casey pleaded not guilty to the charge after reviewing the video footage last week upon notice of the charge.

Mike Emmett Latest To Sign Up

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm Mike Emmett has become the latest member of Craig Lingard’s squad to sign for the 2018 season.

Emmett joined the Cougars in the off-season from the York City Knights and has caught the eye with a number of impressive performances in pre-season including playing the full 80 in the defeat at the Batley Bulldogs.

The loose forward has just one try to his name in the 42-0 triumph over Whitehaven and is tipped as a potential future captain off the club.

Mike becomes the fifth member off the current squad to commit his future for next season with more expected to be announced later in the week.

Cougars Drawn To Face Fryston

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Keighley Cougars have been drawn away at defending Pennine League Champions Fryston Warriors in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round.

The Warriors, who can boast former Cougars Team Captain Paul Handforth and former Cougars hooker Jack Lee in their ranks, qualified for this seasons competition as Pennine League Champions have defeated Normanton Knights and London Chargers to reach this stage of the Challenge Cup.

This is the first time the Cougars have faced amateur opposition in this competition since defeating Wath Brow Hornets at the Third Round stage in 2014.

Fryston Warriors are based in Castleford and details regarding this tie will be announced in due course.

Other ties will see Toronto Wolfpack become the first trans-atlantic side to compete in the Cup as they travel to Halifax to face Siddal whilst the lowest ranked side Haydock head to the captial to face the Wests Warriors.

LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW:
Barrow Raiders v Rochdale Mayfield
Doncaster RL v Myton Warriors
Fryston Warriors v Keighley Cougars
Hemel Stags v London Skolars
Hunslet RL v Coventry Bears
Newcastle Thunder v Workington Town
Siddal v Toronto Wolfpack
South Wales Ironmen v Oxford RL
University of Gloucestershire All Golds v North Wales Crusaders
West Hull or Thatto Heath Crusaders v Whitehaven
Wests Warriors v Haydock
York City Knights v Egremont Rangers

Cougars Come Out On Top In Mudbath

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Keighley Cougars 36-0 Keighley Amateur Select Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars wrapped up their pre-season campaign with a hard-fought 36-0 victory over a Keighley Amateur Select side at Cougar Park.

Muddy and wet conditions were the order of the day in the first Peter Fell Memorial Game to be played for six years, with an error-strewn game not helped by a referee who will be hoping for a new whistle this Valentine’s Day.

Speaking following the game, Head Coach Craig Lingard said: “It wasn’t the best of games in regards to entertainment.

“It was a good hit out for some of our younger players and handed the reserves experience playing alongside some of the senior professionals.

“It was difficult to stand out and most of the game was played mainly up the middle and one up rugby too for most of the game in conditions which were that poor.

“The game was error ridden and the select side controlled the ball really well in the first half which showed with their completion rate which was really good in the conditions.

“Today showed the importance of having a reserves side and it was difficult for them to step up having not trained with the first team but now they’ve had a taste of first team rugby hopefully they’ll kick on now and put their hands up.”

The Cougars will have felt particularly hard done by when Ritchie Hawkyard and Adam Brook both pounced on the latter’s grubber kick underneath the posts, but the official pulled play back for a Cougars scrum after consulting with his touch judge.

Hawkyard however did open the scoring from the resulting scrum for the first half’s only real moment of note as he took Brook’s offload from five metres out and raced around behind the posts.

As the weather and the pitch underfoot continued to worsen, the Cougars ran in six second half tries with Lingard using this game to give first-team debuts to nine of his reserves squad.

And it was one of these debutants, hooker Jack Clover, who found a way over the Amateur Select line when he saw space from the play the ball to dive over from dummy half.

Carl McGuigan was held up over the line and credit must go to a side put together at a month’s notice to face their semi-professional opposition, especially the manner in which they controlled the ball.

However, they fell further behind as Josh Casey backed himself from 20 metres and just bundled over the line.

Sean Kelly – in just his third game following an 18-month lay-off – added his side’s fourth try when he barged his way over from a pass from dummy half.

The fitness of a semi-professional side compared to amateur opposition was beginning to show and the Cougars’ lead was extended further as player-coach Rikki Sheriffe dived over after the Amateurs narrowly held out Neil Cherryholme.

Harry Aaronson was next to cross, with the full-back taking a wild offload from the mud and sidestepping two oncoming tacklers to race through from 30 metres, weaving his way over in the process.

On the final hooter, the Cougars wrapped up the scoring and the game on an awful afternoon for a game of rugby league as they worked the ball down the left-hand channel to Vinny Finigan who went over in the corner.

Josh Lynam Signs New Deal

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Keighley Cougars can this evening announce Josh Lynam has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Lynam, a product of the Cougars youth system, has cemented his place as a first-team regular since debuting in 2013 in a defeat away at the Batley Bulldogs.

The second-row forward has made 82 appearances to date for the club, scoring 25 tries and was a part of last season’s iPro Sport Cup Final winning squad.

By putting pen to papter, ‘Lyny’ becomes the fifth member of the current squad to commit their future to the club for the 2018 season.

There will be more announcements regarding the squad in the coming days.

Squad Announcement – Keighley Amateur Select

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Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced a 25 man squad for this Sunday’s final pre-season friendly against the Keighley Amateur Select.

With places still up for grabs in the first seventeen of the season against Doncaster in next weekend’s League One Cup tie, Lingard is giving those still vying for spots the opportunity to claim their place.

James Pickering (Hamstring) will feature for the first time this season following injury with the game also being used as an opportunity to give Ritchie Hawkyard (Knee) gametime ahead of next week’s fixture.

Adam Brook (Rib) also returns from injury as does Brendon Rawlins (Groin) after both missed out last Sunday at Barrow. There is also a recall for Vinny Finigan after not featuring in the defeat in Cumbria.

Linners will hand first-team debuts to 9 of the current reserves squad with those selected to face the Amateurs on Sunday looking to impress on the first team stage and try push up into the first team squad after a gruelling pre-season training regime.

Reserves Captain Carl McGuigan is joined in the side by Scotland Student internationals Luke Walter and Gavin Reed and England Student international Kieran Smith as well as Junior Ibrahim, Jack Clover, Graham Rawlinson, Callam Smithson and Calvin Barker.

SQUAD TO FACE KEIGHLEY AMATEUR SELECT:
1 – Harry Aaronson
3 – Josh Casey
4 – Danny Lawton
10 – Sean Hesketh
12 – Brendon Rawlins
14 – Adam Brook
15 – Neil Cherryholme
20 – Nathan Kitson
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
23 – Fran Welsh
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
28 – James Pickering
30 – Lewis Davey
31 – Callum Dunne
33 – Rikki Sheriffe
N/A – Calvin Barker
N/A – Jack Clover
N/A – Junior Ibrahim
N/A – Carl McGuigan
N/A – Graham Rawlinson
N/A – Gavin Reed
N/A – Kieran Smith
N/A – Callam Smithson
N/A – Luke Walters