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Nathan Kitson Released

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm Nathan Kitson has been released from his contract.

The club agreed to mutually terminate the contract of Kitson after he informed Head Coach Craig Lingard he could no longer commit to training due to work commitments.

‘Kitty’ joined the club this off season from Oxford RL and made two appearances for the club whilst also originally extending his deal for the 2018 campaign.

A clause has been inserted into the terms of the release that Kitson can not play for another League One club during the 2017 season.

We wish Nathan all the best in his future endeavours.

Sean Suspended As Emmett Not Guilty

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Keighley Cougars can this evening confirm the outcome of the disciplinary hearings for both Sean Kelly and Mike Emmett.

Sean was charged with Grade D Other Contrary Behaviour following his 77th minute dismissal for a tackle in the air on Shane Toal against Barrow Raiders.

The Cougars hooker had no EGP available to him due to the severity of the charge and has been found guilty by the disciplinary panel.

Sean has been handed a four game suspension, meaning he will be unavailable for selection until the Reserves Championship fixture between the Cougars and Halifax on Wednesday 28th June.

Mike Emmett was charged with Grade A Stamping following an incident in the same fixture.

However, the disciplinary panel has ruled the Emmett is Not Guilty therefore meaning he will not miss any games through suspension and is available for the fixture against South Wales Ironmen on Saturday 3rd June.


Harry Aaronson Signs Contract Extension

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Keighley Cougars are delighted to announce that Harry Aaronson has signed a contract extension with the club.

Aaronson, 18, joined the club from the Swinton Lions in December after being promoted to the first team instantly after impressing in trials for the reserves side.

The young full-back made his debut in March’s Challenge Cup defeat away at Barrow and has since featured in the Cougars last three games, scoring tries against Coventry and Barrow.

Harry has been subject of interest from elsewhere and we are delighted his has agreed to stay with the club until the end of the 2018 season at the earliest.

Cougars Disappoint in Dons Defeat

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Doncaster RL 28-14 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

CRAIG Lingard was left fuming as his side fell to a dismal defeat on the road at Doncaster.

Lingard didn’t hold back in his post-match interview as the 28-14 loss saw his side drop to 8th in the League One standings as the regular season reached the halfway point.

“To say I’m massively disappointed would be an understatement and if you ever wanted a definition of dumb Rugby then that was it,” lambasted the Cougars Head Coach.

“We work hard all week in training identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and then decide to go out and play whatever we want to play.

“I’m wasting my time doing that every week if they’re not going to take notice and do whatever it is they want to do.

“We were just sloppy throughout and we knew we needed a big start as Doncaster start big yet they had a better start and a better finish than us.

“The teams form is a massive concern and we’re now playing the teams that are around us and we will all be taking points off each other.

“It’s not a god given right that because we’re the Keighley Cougars we make the top eight and we’ve got to achieve that as a group and not as individuals which is the case at the moment.”

The defences were very much on top throughout the first half hour with a Harry Aaronson effort ruled out for a foot in touch being the best opportunity of that period.

Doncaster though would break the deadlock as Jason Tali waltzed through a gap in the line to cross from ten metres out.

Cougars hit back immediately however as Brendon Rawlins offloaded out the tackle and after great link up work between Liam Darville and Will Milner, Nathan Conroy raced home to level the scores.

The hosts re-took the lead following a break as Tali raced down the left wing before sending Richie Barnett through on his inside with the former Keighley winger getting an offload away under pressure to Ryan Wright who crossed beneath the posts.

Adam Ryder had the final say off the half as on the hooter, he bulldozed his way through three Doncaster defenders as he powered his way to the line.

Keighley took the lead for the first and only time in the encounter five minutes after the restart as Ryder sealed his brace in the same fashion as his first, taking the ball ten metres out before overpowering three would be tacklers to touch down.

Doncaster then opened up what would prove to be an unassailable ten point lead with two quick fire tries.

The first of these, scored by veteran Russ Spiers, was soft to concede from a Keighley point of view as he fended off two defenders to crash over.

Jordan Howden then raced underneath the uprights as he was the beneficiary of a Charlie Martin break as the former Keighley man went 60 metres downfield before offloading at the final moment to send his half-back in for the try.

That would be the final four pointer of a disappointing afternoon for the visitors but Doncaster still had the opportunity to successfully convert two penalties.

Jack Miller coolly slotted over on both occasions following an offside and a shoulder charge.

Cougars Hit The Road For Yorkshire Derby – Doncaster Preview

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

Date: Sunday 21st May

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

After setting the new club record for the highest points scored in defeat last time out at home to Barrow, the Cougars hit South Yorkshire for a derby date at the Keepmoat Stadium with Doncaster.


Doncaster’s first game following the departure of Gary Thornton saw the side record a 24-50 victory away at the Hemel Stags. Richie Barnett, Tom Carr and Jason Tali all crossed for braces of tries with further scores on the afternoon coming through Kyle Kesik, Jordie Hedges, Sam Doherty and Louis Sheriff secured the victory at Pennine Way.

The Cougars scored 42 points against Barrow but still fell to defeat at Cougar Park. Despite an early Brendon Rawlins try, the Raiders raced into a 6-30 lead before tries from Matthew Bailey and Emmerson Whittel made it a twelve point gap at the break. A second Rawlins try and tries from Mike Emmett, Scott Law and Harry Aaronson in the second-half couldn’t prevent the loss.


Pete Green can welcome Jason Muranka (Ribs) back from injury following the victory at Hemel but will still be without Jamie Thackray who is ruled out through suspension. The Dons powerhouse prop Iafeta Palea’aesina (Achilles) is still out through the injury he sustained in the Dons draw with London Skolars at the beginning of the month.

Craig Lingard will welcome the trio of James Feather (Illness), Josh Lynam (Back) and Josh Tonks (Foot) back from injury but is still without Hamish Barnes (Knee) who is joined on the sidelines by Andy Gabriel (Ribs). Liam Darville comes into the side after impressing for the reserves whilst Neil Cherryholme and Adam Brook drop out the squad.


The Dons pose one of the division’s most dangerous and powerful centres in Paupa New Guinea international Jason Tali and his battle with Adam Ryder at the Keepmoat on Sunday will no doubt be one that leads to plenty of big hits and powerful runs and is definitely one to keep an eye on once the whistle blows for kick-off.


DONCASTER: Aizue; Barnett; Braham; Doherty; England; Green; Hedges; Howden; Jones-Bishop; Kesik; Martin; Miller; Muranka; Scott; Sheriff; Spiers; Tali; Welham; Wright.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Conroy; Darville; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Kelly; Kitson; Law; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Tonks; Whittel.


Doncaster RL Interim Head Coach Pete Green: “We came away with the result against Hemel and that is exactly what we wanted, we have been good in training and it was always going to be tough.

“We created a lot of opportunities in the first half but we just have to make sure that we keep taking the chances when we get them.

“I know it’s a cliché, but we have to take every game as it comes, we have a hard month coming up but we talk about ourselves being realistically up there for promotion and the lads are looking forward to the challenge.

“There is a good mood in the dressing room after the win against Hemel, we conceded a lot more points than we would have wanted, it is a relief to get that first win which has taken us up to fourth.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “It makes it slightly more difficult in terms of preparing than what it would have been if Gary Thornton was still there as you preview teams based on what they have been doing in previous weeks.

“They are fourth in the table, so it’s not as if they are fourth from bottom. It looks like a bit of a knee jerk reaction to the draw against London Skolars.

“I’ve reviewed that game and the Doncaster winger Aaron Jones-Bishop dropped the ball twice with no one in front of him, if he had scored those they might have won and it would have been a different story.

“But we need to get our house in order and making sure we fix up what we need to and carry out the same attacking play we had last week.”


The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Round Eight fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium is Greg Dolan from Batley. This will be Dolan’s first Cougars first-team appointment of the 2017 season but refereed the previous meeting between the two in South Yorkshire last August as the Don’s recorded a 26-24 victory over the Cougars.


Craig Lingard will be hoping that his defence has tightened up following the Barrow defeat and takes advantage of a wounded animal in Doncaster who lost Head Coach Gary Thornton before falling over the line in victory at Hemel last Sunday. Games between the two at the Keepmoat have tended to be close affairs and Sunday will no doubt be different.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Doncaster RL

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face Doncaster RL this Sunday.

The big news is that a number of players who missed the thrilling 42-58 defeat at home to Barrow ten days ago return to the squad.

James Feather (Illness), Josh Lynam (Back) and Josh Tonks (Foot) all return after being absent for the side that lost to the Raiders.

Liam Darville is included in the side after impressing in the reserves defeat to St Helens on Wednesday evening.

Andy Gabriel (Ribs) and Hamish Barnes (Knee) however are not included as this game has come too soon in terms of their respective recoveries from injury.

Neil Cherryholme and Adam Brook both miss out from the squad that turned out against Barrow.

1 – Harry Aaronson
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
16 – Will Milner
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
20 – Nathan Kitson
21 – Emmerson Whittel
24 – Liam Darville
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

Travel Pack – Doncaster RL

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Doncaster RL Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

This Sunday, the Cougars travel to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on the Doncaster RL looking to bounce back from the high scoring home defeat to Barrow Raiders ten days ago.


Doncaster RL v Keighley Cougars
Kingstone Press League One Round Eight
Keepmoat Stadium
Sunday 21st May 2017, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: G Dolan

£15 Adult
£11 Concession*
£1 Juniors (5-16)
FREE Under 5’s
All Adult and Concession match tickets can claim a free Child ticket as part of the clubs family ticket pricing.

* Concessions include Seniors and Young Adults (17-20), disabled fans will pay the price appropiate to their age and will be entitled to a free carer.

Tickets can be bought over the phone in advance from the Keepmoat Stadium Ticket Office on 01302 762576 or online HERE

Doncaster RL currently ply their trade at the Keepmoat Stadium, which has been the club’s home ground since it was opened in 2006.


The Keepmoat Stadium, in common with a number of new stadiums, looks far more interesting from the outside that it does on the inside. The stadium is situated next to a lake and looks smart with four interesting looking floodlights, protruding at an angle from the stadium roof. However, on the inside the stadium is rather non-descript. Yes it looks tidy, the stadium is completely enclosed and all the covered stands are of the same height. But it lacks character and it is rather similar to other new stadiums that have been built, except that it is on a smaller scale.

On one side is the West Stand, which is the Main Stand, containing the teams’ dressing rooms and having the players tunnel and team dugouts at its front. The primary television gantry is also housed on this side, along with press facilities. Opposite is the Doncaster Success Stand which contains a row of 16 executive boxes, outside which patrons can sit. These run across the back of the stand. Both ends are identical, with the North End of the ground being allocated to away fans.

Unusually the stadium has large access points in three corners of the ground, which can be used if need be, by emergency services. There are two small electric scoreboards situated in the North East & South West corners of the stadium. The stadium is completed with a set of four floodlights which are mounted on the roof in each corner.

As the stadium is on the outskirts of town, then there is not much choice in the way of pubs. There is though the Lakeside, a Beefeater outlet near Stadium Way (you should catch sight of it, if you drive towards the stadium from Junction 3 of the M18). If going by train then in the town centre there is an excellent pub called the Cask Corner. It is a fantastic pub which is about a ten 10 minute walk from railway station and serves a number of real ales and ciders.

Keepmoat Stadium has 1,000 parking spaces available with a charge of £4 per car. A range of local businesses offer parking facilities around the stadium, however the club advise if you park with a third party, you do so at your own risk.

Keepmoat Stadium also has several disabled parking spaces available but advise that these are limited in number, we therefore suggest that you phone in advance on 01302 762576 to discuss your parking arrangements.


SUGGESTED ROUTE: (53.91 miles, 1hr 13min)
From Cougar Park, head east on Royd Ings Avenue towards Alston Road.
Turn Right onto Alston Road.
At the Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airevalley Road/A650. Continue to follow, going through three rounadbouts.
Turn left onto Otley Road/A6038.
Turn right onto Valley Road/A6037. Continue to follow A6037.
Slight left onto Canal Road/A6037.
Continue onto Shipley Airedal Road/A650.
Slight right toward Croft Street.
Continue straight onto Croft Street.
Turn left onto Manchester Road/A641.
Slight left toward Mayo Avenue/A6177.
Continue straight onto Mayo Avenue/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 32A, exit onto A1(M).
Continue onto A1.
Continue onto A1(M) (signs for Red House/The South/M18/M1).
At junction 36, take the A630 exit to Rotherham/Doncaster.
At the Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto High Road/A630. Continue to follow A630.
Slight right onto Carr House Road/A18.
At the Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto White Rose Way/A6182.
At the Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Middle Bank.
Turn right onto Stadium Way, destination will be on left.

Train – 11:31 from Keighley, arriving in Leeds at 11:59
Train – 12:15 from Leeds, arriving at Doncaster at 12:45
Walk – 13:07 from Doncaster Rail Station, arriving at Doncaster Interchange at 13:12
Bus (21) – 13:20 from Doncaster Centre, Trafford Way/Doncaster Interchange, arriving at Gliwice Way at 13:31
Walk – 13:31 from Gliwice Way, arriving at the Keepmoat Stadium at 13:49
Walk – 17:09 from the Keepmoat Stadium, arriving at Carolina Way at 17:17
Bus (72) – 17:17 from Carolina Way, arriving at Doncaster Interchange at 17:32
Walk – 17:32 from Doncaster Interchange arriving at Doncaster Rail Station at 17:36
Train – 17:45 from Doncaster, arriving in Leeds at 18:20
Train – 18:56 from Leeds, arriving in Keighley at 19:21

Danny Lawton Loaned To Hemel

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm Danny Lawton has join Hemel Stags on a Month’s Loan.

Lawton, with the Cougars since 2010, has made 5 appearances this season but hasn’t featured since March’s Challenge Cup defeat away at the Barrow Raiders.

Lawton joins our League One rivals effective immediately and is expected to debut in their fixture away at Whitehaven this Sunday afternoon.

The Stags are currently bottom of the division after losing all 7 of their games to date.

Duo Charged By Disciplinary

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Keighley Cougars can this evening confirm two of our players have been charged by the RFL Disciplinary Panel.

Sean Kelly, who was dismissed in the 77th minute of our defeat to Barrow, has been charged with an offence of Grade D Other Contrary Behaviour with no Early Guilty Plea available to Sean due to the severity of the charge.

A Grade D charge carries a suspension of 4-6 games which is applicable to all First Team Fixtures and competitive Reserve Team Fixtures.

Mike Emmett has been charged with an offence of Grade A Stamping with no Early Guilty Plea available to Mike as he has submitted an EGP within the last 12 months.

A Grade A charge carries a suspension of 0-1 games which means Mike is likley to be suspended for the game against South Wales Ironmen on Saturday 3rd June.

Both hearings will take place this coming Tuesday (23rd May) evening.

Reserves Defeated By The Saints

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Keighley Cougars Reserves 6-74 St Helens Reserves Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

COUGARS Reserves fell to a heavy home defeat at the hands of St Helens for the second time this season.

This 6-74 reverse at the hands of their Super League visitors came just six weeks after the 14-84 thrashing at the beginning of April.

Calvin Barker scored the Cougars only try on the evening early in the second half as he dived over from close range after spotting a gap on the line but his effort proved nothing more than a mere consolation.

In similar fashion to April’s meeting, Saints half-back Danny Richardson ran the show for the visitors but only after an opening ten minutes which saw the hosts unlucky to not break the deadlock after Matthew Lees had been sin-binned.

Aaron Smith opened the scoring as he went over from dummy half with Jack Owens waltzing through the defence before offloading to Ricky Bailey who scored his first off the evening.

Another break allowed Jonah Cunningham, son of Saints legend Keiron, to score with Jake Spedding then diving over from close range.

The visitors then turned the screw with another two quick fire tries as Liam Cooper squeezed over before Calvin Wellington wrapped up a full length break for Ian Talbot’s side.

Adam Walker turned through a tackle to touch down and the half was brought to a close by Bailey who scored as Saints broke following a number of missed tackles.

The full-time outfit continued to punish the Cougars and Spedding raced round a would be tackler for his second.

Barker’s try then followed but this sprung the Saints back into life following a brief null in an otherwise all round perfect performance.

Wales international Ben Morris touched down and after some brave line defence, Cunningham managed to break the resilience for his second in front of his watching father.

Wellington crossed to seal his brace and the scoring was concluded six minutes from time as Bailey sealed his hat-trick.

Scott Lindsey’s side will look to get back to winning ways following a friendly against Stanningley when South Wales visit Cougar Park in the next league fixture.

Davey Dixon Selected For Scotland

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Keighley Cougars are delighted to confirm Davey Dixon has been selected for the Scotland Extended Squad.

Bravehearts Head Coach Steve McCormack announced his extended squad earlier today as he continues to prepare the Scotland side for this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia.

Scotland will go into the tournament ranked 4th in the world following last autumn’s Four Nations in which Scotland bravely fell to defeat to Australia and England before stunning New Zealand by holding the Kiwis to a draw in Workington.

Dixon, previously a member of the Scotland youth side, joined the Cougars from Castleford prior to this season and has made six appearances to date for Craig Lingard’s side.

Keighley Cougars vs South Wales Ironmen Triple Header!

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We host the South Wales Ironmen at Cougar Park on Saturday, 3rd June 2017!

The gates are open from 11.30am as we are hosting a triple header with the Under 17s kicking off at 12pm, the reserves at 2.30pm and the Main Event, the first teams, at 6pm.

The Triple Header will also be a Big Family Fun Day from 12pm.  There will be a bouncy castle, Big slide, face painting, High/Low card game and all the other fun activities a Family Fun Day brings!

So get down early, from 12pm, and have a great time at Cougar Park!

Ground Access Pricing: Adults £15, Concessions £9 (retired, unemployed, students, disabled) and Under 17s FREE entry!

Executive Experience Pricing: Adults £30, Concessions £25, Under 17s £15 (includes Executive seating, 3 course meal, pre- and post-match speeches, free programme and post match buffet) – Executive bar open from 12.30pm, dining at 1pm, pre-match speeches at 2.20pm, kick off at 3pm).

Cougars Defeated In Extraordinary Game

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Keighley Cougars 42-58 Barrow Raiders Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

IF Craig Lingard had any hair, he would have surely have ripped it out by the time the hooter sounded for the final whistle.

Cutting a frustrated figure throughout, he saw his side fall to a fourth defeat at the hands of Barrow in 2017 in an enthralling game of Rugby League.

The two sides shared 17 tries and 100 points between them on a night where the many neutrals taking advantage of the £5 ticket offer will have definitely got there monies worth.

“I’m pleased we’ve played well in attack but I’m massively disappointed with our defensive effort,” said Lingard.

“I don’t think that playing twice in four days effected the game as everyone who pulled up fit following Sunday’s game declared themselves fit so you expect them to give you that 100% effort.

“We played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the second half but I was massively frustrated at half-time as you can’t give a side as good as Barrow a 30 point head start and expect to get back into the game.

“We gave ourselves belief with the two late scores in the first half but like I said, defensively we just weren’t good enough.”

Joe Bullock got the first six points off the evening in the third minute as he crashed over from close range but the sides were soon level as Brendon Rawlins pounced onto a Matty Beharrell grubber.

The visitors then turned up a notch as Lewis Charnock grabbed the first two of a personal four try haul as he outstretched his arm over the line before dancing through to cross next to the posts.

Shane Toal then scored on the back of great work from Declan Hulme with Charnock completing a first half hat-trick as he finished a flowing Barrow move.

Karl Ashall then converted a penalty before the Cougars suddenly sprung into life with Matthew Bailey first scoring on the back of four consecutive penalties.

Emmerson Whittel then marked his return from injury with a try, pouncing on a loose ball after Vinny Finigan had forced an error from Toal.

Barrow extended their lead with the second halves first meaningful attack as Luke Cresswell scored from a free play despite the best efforts of Davey Dixon to deny him.

Keighley then scored from a free play of their own as the unlikely source of a Rawlins kick allowed Harry Aaronson to race over in the corner.

The Raiders though must have thought they’d ended the game as a contest after Toal touched down his own grubber moments before Ryan Fieldhouse raced over unchallenged from a scrum.

Cougars wouldn’t give up the ghost in this one however as they scored two quick fire tries in similar fashion as Scott Law and Mike Emmett both exposed gaps in the Barrow defensive line to touch down underneath the posts.

Toal then dove over in the corner to complete his hat-trick for Barrow with Rawlins responding by wrapping up his brace throwing two dummy passes to create the space for himself to touch down.

Then came a big talking point in the game, Sean Kelly was dismissed for a late challenge in the air on Shane Toal, but, the crowd was left stunned when Dan Toal avoided any action for a punch on Kelly whilst he himself was laid on the ground.

Charnock then completed a manic evening as he raced over for his fourth.

Cougars Backup For Barrow Test – Barrow Preview

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Keighley Cougars v Barrow Raiders Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Wednesday 10th May

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

After picking up a victory against Coventry despite not being at there best, the Cougars backup for a second game in four days as the Barrow Raiders visit Cougar Park in the Golden Ticket Bonanza.


The Cougars returned from a three week break from action with a 24-44 victory at the Coventry Bears. Eight tries from eight different scorers sealed the victory with Mike Emmett, Hamish Barnes, Andy Gabriel, Brad Nicholson, Harry Aaronson, Scott Law, Brendon Rawlins and Will Milner grabbing four pointers for Lingard’s side.

Paul Crarey rung the changes ahead of a busy schedule but his side still recored a 58-16 home victory over a galliant South Wales Ironmen. A hat-trick from Ryan Fieldhouse and a brace from Nathan Mossop set the Raiders on their way with further tries on the evening come through Tom Loxham, Joe Bullock, Ryan Johnston, James Duerden, Danny Morrow and Karl Ashall.


Craig Lingard has had to make two enforced changes from the victory at Coventry with Hamish Barnes (Knee) and James Feather (Illness) both ruled out following Sunday’s game. Josh Lynam (Back) who sat out the game against the Bears returns to the side as does Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) who returned to action in the Reserves victory over the Scotland Students on Saturday.

Paul Crarey will be without Jamie Dallimore once more as he serves the fourth game of his five game suspension for a Dangerous Throw. Martin Aspinwall and Oliver Wilkes both return to the side after being rested in the victory over the Ironmen on Saturday whilst Lewis Charnock (Ankle) has been passed fit to play.


Craig Lingard has made no secret to the fact that the Cougars have struggled with the Raiders pack in the previous three meetings between the sides in 2017, that’s why the experience of the likes of Scott Law and Neil Cherryholme could prove vital in this fixture, especially against a fellow veteran in Oliver Wilkes and arguably the standout Prop in League One, Joe Bullock.


COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Finigan; Gabriel; Kelly; Law; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Tonks; Whittel.

RAIDERS: Abram; Ashall; Aspinwall; Bullock; Charnock; Cresswell; Dawson; Duerden; Fieldhouse; Fleming; Hulme; Marwood; Morrow; Mossop; Stack; D Toal; S Toal; Walker; Wilkes.


Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “I knew when this game was re-arranged that I was going to have to make changes and on Sunday we lost Buster through illness after 20 minutes and Hamish took a bad knock to the knee but continued to play the full eighty.

“We’re going to have to take a look at some other bodies as well as we know we’ll have to go a bit bigger in the pack on the evening against Barrow and we decided on the squad Monday which is a bit of a hindrance given the fact we have to submit squads 48 hours before games.

“The problem with that is with it a being such a short turnaround, any player who usually would be able to shake off a knock they’d picked up with a week to do so won’t be able to and it means it might force my hand in regards to team selection for this game.”

Barrow Raiders Head Coach Paul Crarey: “There is nothing between the two teams and they’ve proven that against us, and we’ve got away from them because we are prepared to grind and they’ve come up with some errors which have allowed us in.

“We’ll go there and grind, we can rotate and we’ll have a look at the squad, and bring a side in today to go there and get the win. We’re just happy the way things are going, we’ve got the win against South Wales and we move onto Keighley, which will be a different ball game all together.”


The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Round Seven fixture at Cougar Park is Andy Sweet from Castleford. Sweet will be officiating his second Cougars League One fixture of the year after previoulsy being the whistle blower for the Cougars 21-48 home defeat to Toronto Wolfpack at the back end of March.


Craig Lingard will be hoping for a much improved performance for his side from the one that did enough to see of Coventry on Sunday whilst Paul Crarey will be hoping his side don’t have one eye on the upcoming Challenge Cup tie at Leeds on Sunday which are followed by a trip to Toronto and a League One Cup Final in Blackpool. It does though have all the makings for yet another Cougar Park classic between the two.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Barrow Raiders

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face Barrow Raiders this Wednesday evening.

Linners has had to make two enforced changes to the squad that face the Coventry Bears this past Sunday with Hamish Barnes (Knee) and James Feather (Illness) both being ruled out for the visit of the Raiders this Wednesday.

There places in the 19 man squad have been taken by Josh Lynam (Back) who missed out against the Bears at the weekend and Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) who returned from injury ahead of schedule in the Reserves 44-38 victory over the Scotland Students on Saturday.

This game is the Golden Ticket Bonanza where Season Ticket Holders of Super League and Championship clubs can gain entry to Cougar Park for just £5 if they produce there Season Tickets at the turnstiles upon arrival.

1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
15 – Neil Cherryholme
16 – Will Milner
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
21 – Emmerson Whittel
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

Far From Best Cougars See Off The Bears

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Coventry Bears 24-44 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars made it three consecutive wins as they returned from a three-week break with victory at Coventry Bears.

All the damage was done in the first half before a mediocre second-half performance which left Head Coach Craig Lingard fuming with his players.

“The performance, especially in the second half, was absolutely awful and I let the lads know that if it wasn’t for the game on Wednesday then they would have been getting it at training on Tuesday,” said Lingard.

“I don’t know if it was the attitude or application or a mixture of the two during the second half but it wasn’t good enough as we’d put ourselves into a position there to put some points on the board.

“We know that the League table come the end of the season could come down to points difference so we’ve missed a massive opportunity.

“Without being disrespectful to Coventry, we’d put ourselves into that position and we’d earned the right to put more points on the board and didn’t take the opportunity.

“This is a process and we’re just not there yet and we’re trying to get through this year to get to where we need to be and we’re not where we need to be yet and it’s simply not good enough.”

It showed from the start of the match, however, that Craig Lingard’s side were in for a difficult afternoon, despite their lengthy periods of control, as they fell behind to tries from Harry Chapman and Michael Russell either side of the Cougars’ score through Mike Emmett.

However, once they took the lead through Hamish Barnes’ effort on his ‘second debut’ for the club, they turned it up a notch.

Andy Gabriel produced a superb solo effort as he cut in from the left wing, leaving a number of Bears defenders in his wake to race over next to the uprights.

The Bears defence were resilient though until the final ten minutes of the first half when Keighley turned the screw to score three quickfire tries.

Brad Nicholson powered his way underneath the posts before Harry Aaronson scored his first try for the club as he raced 60 metres after great work from the restart to create space for him to break the line.

Scott Law then strolled over with relative ease four minutes before the half-time hooter.

The Cougars once more applied pressure in the early stages of the second half and, despite seeing Matty Beharrell’s effort ruled out for offside, it wasn’t long before Brendon Rawlins rounded Chapman to touch down.

Rawlins then turned provided for the visitors as he broke the line and, despite being caught by Chapman, he managed to get the offload away to Will Milner, who touched down to become the Cougars’ eighth different scorer of the afternoon.

The Cougars switched off for the final half hour of the game and paid the price as a wild offload from the ground managed to find its way to Russell, who raced to the corner to seal his brace for the home side.

Chapman then sealed his own brace for Coventry after he raced through a bus-sized gap to score after great work by Joe Prior.

Aaronson’s promising first league appearance for the Cougars was then brought to a premature end after he committed a professional foul on Brad Delaney to earn himself a yellow card.

Russell took immediate advantage as he raced round to complete his hat-trick.

Reserves Do Enough To See Off Bravehearts

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Keighley Cougars Reserves 44-38 Scotland Students Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

COUGARS Reserves recorded their first victory of the 2017 season in a game in which those in attendance enjoyed but the coaches will not have.

In a 16 try feast at Cougar Park, Scott Lindsey nearly saw his side lose after surrendering a 14 point half-time advantage before two late tries sealed the win.

It appeared to be a good afternoon at the office as the Cougars raced into a 16-0 lead after just 12 minutes through tries from Sean Kelly, Calvin Barker and Danny Lawton.

The Students got back into the game though with two quickfire tries of their own with Finlay Hutchinson completing an 80 metre break before Ethan Flowers went over after stealing the ball in a one-on-one challenge.

Despite this, the Cougars soon widened the margin on the scoreboard with Dane Weatherill diving over in the corner with Lewis Davey going in behind the posts following a break from the kick off.

Barker went the length off the field before unselfishly offloading to Callum Smithson to score but the Scots had the final say off the half as Niall Hogg turned through a tackle to touch down.

The Cougars appeared to have stayed in the sheds following the half-time break as Scotland closed the gap to two points with stand-off Matt Hogg scoring two quick fire tries first breaking through before pouncing on a knock-on to score from the free play.

Barker used the overlap to his advantage to squeeze over for his second to bring the arrears into one converted try but the Students had turned on the style with Hogg orchestrating the play.

Scotland took the lead for the only time in this breathtaking encounter with his pass to Hall setting the Prop up as he sold took advantage of a gap in the line to sell the dummy and crash over.

Hogg then took his own chip over the top to send Mike Dowding over in the corner to open up a four point lead.

However, a Kelly break through the line restored the lead for the Cougars with Lawton sealing his brace to wrap up the victory.

Cougars Return To Action With Bears Test – Coventry Preview

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Coventry Bears v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 7th May

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Butts Park Arena, Coventry

After a nail biting Good Friday victory over Hunslet RL at Cougar Park, the Cougars return to action following a 23 day break from action as they head to the Midlands to face the Coventry Bears in the first of their two games in four days.


Coventry recorded their first win off the 2017 League One campaign as they defeated Oxford RL 38-28 at the Butts Park Arena. A Richard Hughes brace in the second half added to efforts from Jack Morrison, Harry Chapman, Jamahl Hunte, Zach Johnson and Matt Reid whilst Brad Delaney converted six of his seven efforts at goal.

The Cougars made it back-to-back victories with a hard fought 20-12 home victory over Hunslet RL. Brad Nicholson sealed the victory with his second try off the afternoon in the final minute with the Cougars further try on the afternoon come through Adam Ryder with Matty Beharrell converting a penalty in the second half for Lingard’s side.


Coventry Bears Head Coach Tom Tsang is expected to go into this fixture with an unchanged squad from the one that beat Oxford on Good Friday in their last game. Despite not being named in the 19 man squad with the RFL, winger Hayden Freeman has been named in the Bears squad on Social Media.

Craig Lingard will be without Ritchie Hawkyard for 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair the number of facial injuries he sustained in the victory over Hunslet. Josh Lynam (Back) and Ben Sagar (Hamstring) also miss out but there is a return from injury for Scott Law (Bicep). Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) is fit to play but the trip to Coventry comes too soon for the back row forward.


The Bears pose two dangerous threats in attacks down the wing in Hayden Freeman and Jamahl Hunte with both strong carriers off the ball with a hard running game. They will keep Andy Gabriel and Vinny Finigan on their toes come 3pm on Sunday, so keep your eyes on the flanks during Sunday’s clash at the Butts Park Arena.


BEARS: Aldred; Barratt; Beddows; Chapman; Delaney; Freeman; Gaylor; Geurtjens; Gover; Hughes; Hunte; Johnson; Meadows; Medforth; Morrison; Prior; Reid; Russell; Sherratt.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barnes; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Kelly; Law; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Tonks.


Coventry Bears Head Coach Tom Tsang: “That win over Oxford did wonders for our confidence. Against Oxford everything fell into place, now we have to do the same again, and a little bit more, against Keighley who are a quality side.

“Keighley are in the top third of the table, having won three of their first five league games, and it is against sides like this that we have to measure our progress.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “Some weeks you think we’ve got there and then the following week, you think we’ve gone back a couple of steps.

“There’s been such a high turnover of players, while players who were here last year are still getting used to me and the other coaches and about how we want to play the game.

“It’s been difficult for some of the players in that they have never had as much freedom as what I’m probably giving them. We give them a basic game plan and say to them ‘we’ll give you a fall-back and give you certain patterns to play with start points but what happens after that – you’re on the field and it’s up to you to do it’.

“Some players have taken to that really well and some are still getting to grips with it. It’s still a learning process but we are getting there slowly. Where we are at the minute is 70-75 per cent of where we want to be, which I suppose at this stage of the season is good. It’s something to build on.”


This Sunday’s referee for the League One Round Six clash at the Butts Park Arena is Billy Pearson from Barnsley. This will be the first team Pearson has been assigned for a Cougars first team fixture but he did however referee the Reserves sides pre-season friendly victory over amateur side Victoria Rangers in the 2015 season.


Both these sides may show a little ring rust in the early goings with both being out of action since Good Friday, but in the past clashes between the two have been tight yet high scoring affairs with the previous meeting at the Butts Park Arena seeing the Cougars emerge victorious after a superb second half showing. The Cougars should have enough though for a third win on the bounce – KEIGHLEY BY 20.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Coventry Bears

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face Coventry Bears this Sunday.

Hamish Barnes comes straight into the squad to come into contention to make his second debut for the Cougars after re-joining the club last week following a brief spell with the Dewsbury Rams.

The 23 day break since the Good Friday victory over Hunslet RL has given Lingard time to get players back onto the field from the physio room, as shown by Scott Law (Bicep) who returns to the side after sitting out the victories over Hemel and Hunslet.

Harry Aaronson also returns to the squad after missing out against Hunslet and is set to fill in at full-back for Ritchie Hawkyard who is expected to miss 6-8 weeks of action following the collision against Hunslet which left him requiring surgery for a number of facial injuries.

Josh Lynam (Back) misses out but is expected to be fit to return on Wednesday evening for the visit of the Barrow Raiders. Ben Sagar (Hamstring) is also sidelined and drops out of the side.

1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
15 – Neil Cherryholme
16 – Will Milner
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder
34 – Hamish Barnes

Travel Pack – Coventry Bears

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Coventry Bears Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

This Sunday sees the Cougars return to action after a 23 day break following the Good Friday victory over Hunslet as they head to the Midlands to tackle the Coventry Bears at the Butts Park Arena.

Coventry_Bears_logo.svgGAME DETAILS:
Coventry Bears v Keighley Cougars
Kingstone Press League One Round Six
Butts Park Arena
Sunday 7th May, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Mr B Pearson



Adult: £12
Concessions: £10 (Oaps, Students & 16-18)
Children: £5 (12-16)
Under 12’s: FREE

Butts_Park_Arena_-_stand&park_27s06Butts Park Arena is a multi-use sports stadium in Spon End, Coventry, England. It is the home ground of Coventry R.F.C., Coventry Jets, and Coventry Bears.

The stadium was built in 2004 and currently has one stand. The East Stand has a capacity of 3000 and includes a number of conference and banqueting facilities. The West Stand which was a temporary structure holding 1000 was removed at the end of the 2005/06 season on grounds of Health and Safety.

Its main use is as a rugby union stadium, the home ground for Coventry R.F.C., who moved there for the start of the 2004/05 season having used the Coundon Road Stadium previously. The inaugural league match was against Nottingham on 4 September 2004, which Coventry won by 40 points to 10. It is also the home ground for the Coventry Jets American Football team.

The stadium has also hosted the International Children’s Games, the Coventry Bears rugby league team and music concerts. Most recently, the Butts has also played host to the local universities’ varsity day between Coventry and Warwick.

The ground is a fifteen minute walk from Coventry Train Station and is also a twenty minute walk away from Coventry City Centre.

For supporters on Matchday at Coventry there is the Arena Bar located at the ground which is renowned for it’s great selection of drinks and it’s friendly welcoming staff.

For those who would like to upgrade to hospitality at Coventry, The Centurion’s offers excellent viewing facilities and an enthralling match day atmosphere.

The Centurions Lounge is a private lounge bar on the top level of the Butts Park Arena. It has a panoramic view of the pitch and its own private bar. Access is strictly limited to members and authorised guests who can enjoy a fun and relaxed environment.

There is limited parking available at the Arena itself, whoever, the grounds City Centre location means there is plenty of parking available in the local area. There is free parking available at the Retail Park and Morrisons opposite the stadium, however, charges do apply at the Leicester Row and SkyDome parking, which are both a short walk from the ground.


SUGGESTED ROUTE: (138 miles, 2h 35min)
Head east on Royd Ings Ave toward Alston Rd.
Turn right onto Alston Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airevalley Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Airevalley Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Airevalley Rd/A650. Continue to follow A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B6265.
Turn left onto Cottingley New Rd/B6146. Continue to follow B6146, go through 2 roundabouts.
At the roundabout, continue straight onto Bradford Old Rd/B6269. Continue to follow B6269.
Continue onto Toller Ln/B6144.
Turn right to stay on Toller Ln/B6144.
Turn left to stay on Toller Ln/B6144. Continue to follow B6144.
Continue onto Westgate/A6181. Continue to follow A6181.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Manchester Rd/A641.
Slight left toward Mayo Ave/A6177.
Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto Mayo Ave/A6177. Continue to follow A6167.
Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto M606 (signs for M62/M1).
Use the left lane to take the M62 (E)/A638 exit toward M1/Dewsbury/Hull/Leeds.
Keep left at the fork and merge onto M62.
Keep right at the fork to stay on M62.
Take the M1 exit toward London/Wakefield.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M1 ramp to London/Wakefield.
Merge onto M1.
Keep right to stay on M1.
At junction 21, Use the left 2 lanes to take the M69 exit to Coventry.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto M69 heading to Birmingham/M6/Coventry.
Continue onto A46.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B4082.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Clifford Bridge Rd/B4082. Continue to follow B4082.
Keep right to continue on Brinklow Rd/B4082.
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Binley Rd/A428.
Turn left onto Allard Way/A4082.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto London Rd/A4082.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto London Rd/A4114.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Short St.
Use any lane to take the ramp to A45/City Centre/Ring Road/Birmingham.
Merge onto Ringway St Johns/A4053. Continue to follow A4053.
At junction 7, Use the left 2 lanes to take the B4101 exit to Earlsdon/Tile Hill.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Butts Rd/B4101.
Turn left. Destination will be on your right.

TRAIN – 09:46 from Keighley, arriving in Shipley at 10:00.
TRAIN – 10:11 from Shipley, arriving in Leeds at 10:30.
TRAIN – 11:00 from Leeds, arriving in Birmingham New Street at 13:06.
TRAIN – 13:30 from Birmingham New Street, arriving in Coventry at 13:50.
TRAIN – 17:27 from Coventry, arriving in Birmingham New Street at 17:48.
TRAIN – 18:03 from Birmingham New Street, arriving in Leeds at 20:05.
TRAIn – 20:16 from Leeds, arriving in Keighley at 20:40.

Whittel Returns For Reserves Scotland Test

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm Emmerson Whittel is to return to action for the Reserves this weekend.

Whittel who has been out since February with a broken jaw sustained in the unsavoury scenes which marred our Challenge Cup tie against Fryston Warriors, has been cleared to return to action a month ahead of schedule.

Emmerson is one of a number of first team players made available to Scott Lindsey by Craig Lingard for Saturday’s game against Scotland Students, who are coached by Cougars Assistant Nathan Graham.

Cougars Reserves duo Gavin Reed and Luke Walters are set to feature in opposition as a part of the Scotland side.

The game is a 3pm kick off at Cougar Park with admission prices set at £5 for Adults, £3 for Concessions and £1 for Juniors.

Jak Adams
Calvin Barker
Adam Brook
Josh Casey
Dan Connell
Lewis Davey
Aaron Harlow-Stephenson
Ash Hutchinson
Junior Ibrahim
Sean Kelly
Nathan Kitson
Danny Lawton
James Pickering
Ryan Price
Luke Robinson
Kieran Smith
Callum Smithson
Dane Weatherill
Fran Welsh
Emmerson Whittel

Golden Ticket Bonanza Announced For Barrow

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Keighley Cougars can today announce a one off ticket deal for our upcoming home game against Barrow Raiders.

With the game now to take place on Wednesday 10th May (7:30pm KO) the club is expecting our usual attendance to take a significant hit.

This is due to in part to the time and date of the game and also the club are wary to the fact that Barrow supporters will have trips to Leeds, Toronto and Blackpool to follow this Kingstone Press League One fixture.

Therefore, we can unveil the ‘Golden Ticket Bonanza’ in which for our game against Barrow, Season Ticket Holders of Betfred Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will be able to attend our game for the price of just £5.

In order to attend for just a fiver, supporters of Super League and Championship clubs must produce there Season Tickets at the gate, failure to produce a Season Ticket upon arrival to Cougar Park will see supporters of these clubs charged the normal matchday admission fee of £15 for Adults and £9 for Concessions.

As is always the case with League fixtures at Cougar Park, Under 17’s will be admitted free of charge.