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Hamish Barnes Re-Joins Cougars

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Keighley Cougars can today announce that Hamish Barnes has re-joined the Keighley Cougars.

The Jamaican international centre has returned to Cougar Park following his release from Championship side Dewsbury Rams.

Barnes departed the Cougars in September of last year alongside Adam Mitchell, Jode Sheriffe and Aaron Ollett to join the Rams.

Whilst with the Rams, Barnes scored one try in eight appearances following 20 tries in 28 appearances in his first spell with the Cougars.

The club are delighted to welcome Hamish back to Cougar Park and ‘Beamish’ will be allocated the 34 jersey for the remainder of the 2017 season.

New Date Agreed For Barrow Fixture

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Keighley Cougars can this evening announce the new date for our Kingstone Press League One fixture against Barrow Raiders.

The game at Cougar Park was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday 14th May but has had to be re-arranged due to the Raiders Challenge Cup progression over the weekend.

Under the rules set by the Rugby Football League, Challenge Cup ties take precedence over League fixtures, however re-arranged League fixtures must be played by the Super Eights cut off date which is Sunday 16th July for League One.

This game will now take place at Cougar Park on Wednesday 10th May with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Season Tickets are valid for this fixture with admission prices the same as all other League One fixtures.

Ritchie Hawkyard Injury Update

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Keighley Cougars can now provide a full injury update on Ritchie Hawkyard.

Titch was forced to leave the field in the 17th minute of our Good Friday victory over Hunslet RL following a clash of heads with opposite number Jimmy Watson, which left Watson with ten stitches and a concussion.

Hawkyard sustained numerous facial injuries and concussion following the collision and has now recieved the results of the X-Rays taken following the incident.

Ritchie has been informed he has sustained a break to his top jaw as well as a broken cheekbone and broken eye socket.

Hawkyard will now undergo an operation to put a metal plate into his jaw and cheekbone as well as having meshing placed into the eye socket to prevent his eye from dropping.

Titch has already undergone plastic surgery to repair the damage to his lip and gums.

At this time we can’t put an estimate on the time Ritchie will be out of action and all here at Cougar Park wish him a speedy recovery.

Barrow Fixture To Be Re-Arranged

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The Cougars Kingstone Press League One fixture against the Barrow Raiders at Cougar Park is to be re-arranged.

The Raiders victory over York City Knights this afternoon has seen them to progress to the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup which will take place on the 14th May, the date currently down for the League meeting between ourselves and the Raiders.

Under the Rules and Regulations of the Rugby Football League, Challenge Cup ties take precedence over League fixtures.

The two clubs and the RFL are now in discussion over the date to play this game on.

The game has to be played before Sunday 16th July, the Super Eights cut off date, meaning it is more than likely that this will now be a midweek fixture.

We will make an announcement on the new date for this fixture in due course.

Triple Header Confirmed For Family Fun Day

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On Saturday 3rd June 2017 we will be hosting South Wales Ironmen at Cougar Park.

The day will be our 2017 Family Fun Day and the day itself will see a triple header of fixtures with the Ironmen providing the opposition for all three games.

11.30am – Gates Open
12.00pm – Keighley Albion Under 16’s v South Wales Ironmen Under 16’s
14.30pm – Keighley Cougars Reserves vs South Wales Ironmen Reserves
18.00pm – The Main Event – Keighley Cougars vs South Wales Ironmen

Throughout the day we will be hosting our Family Fun Day to keep the kids entertained. We’ll have bouncy castles, slides, face painting, mini games, etc.

Following the conclusion of the first team game and post match speeches, there will be a disco and karaoke in the Executive Suite from 8pm until Midnight.

Our Charity of the Year, Cancer Support Yorkshire, will also be on hand throughout the day.

Pricing for the day (for all 3 games) is £15 adult, £9 concession and FREE for under 17s.

Season Tickets are valid for entry to all three fixtures on the day itself whilst golden tickets will only be accepted on the turnstile following the conclusion of the Reserves fixtures.

Hospitality is still available for the day itself so please contact Gary Fawcett for further information.

So don’t miss out, put it in your diary and invite your friends and family along!

Hawkyard Avoids Suspension

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Ritchie Hawkyard has avoided suspension following his charge last week from the RFL Disciplinary Panel.

Titch was charged with an offence of Grade A Punching following his sin-binning following an altercation with Reece Williams following the Cougars 6-84 victory over the Hemel Stags on the 9th April.

Hawkyard submitted an Early Guilty Plea which has been accepted by the Disciplinary which means Ritchie has avoided a one game suspension.

As a result of submitting an EGP, Hawkyard will not have an EGP available to him for the next 12 months.

Reserves Fixture Postponed

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The Cougars Reserves fixture against Hull FC scheduled for this Wednesday (19th April) evening has been postponed.

The Reserves Championship clash was postponed around lunchtime on Saturday (15th April) following communication between the clubs.

Hull FC gave their reasoning for the request due to a lack of available players caused by the hectic schedule that faces Super League clubs at Easter.

The club will look to make an announcement on the re-arranged date for this fixture in due course.

Nicho At The Last Secures Scrappy Win

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Keighley Cougars 20-12 Hunslet RL Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars jumped into the League One play-off places after grinding out a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Hunslet.

The game was a tight affair, only settled with little over a minute remaining when Brad Nicholson turned his way over for his second try of the afternoon.

“It was a scrappy game but the two points were the most important thing,” said Lingard post-match.

“Some of our skill levels let us down and we were just a little bit off in certain areas. Our last pass let us down and there were numerous occasions where our skill levels cost us tries.

“This week was massive, not only because it took us into the top 5 but to back up the win at Hemel because if we’d have lost today we’d have been four points behind Hunslet which is huge even at this early stage.

“The win takes us level with Hunslet in the table and keeps that momentum going as we want to keep beating and taking points off the sides you’ll look to be finish around you.

“It’s a scrappy win but it’s a win nonetheless.”

Fresh from a routing of Hemel, the Cougars started in the same attacking frame of mind and broke the deadlock early on.

A Matty Beharrell kick into the air caused chaos within the Hunslet ranks and allowed Adam Ryder to pounce for his 10th try of the season.

Hunslet hit back though in similar fashion as Joel Gibson left a kick hanging in the air and, despite the best efforts of Andy Gabriel, the ball fell back into the visitors hands – allowing Mufaro Mvududu to touch down.

From the restart, there was a sickening clash of heads between opposite numbers Ritchie Hawkyard and Jimmy Watson, which resulted in both players’ afternoons being bought to a premature end.

The game was delayed for a lengthy period to allow both men to receive treatment with Hawkyard since requiring plastic surgery to repair his mouth.

Brendon Rawlins was then placed on report after being deemed guilty of a dangerous throw.

Hunslet drew level in bizarre fashion as the referee adjudged Sean Hesketh had knocked on, but his touch judge called a ball steal, which then saw the referee change his mind and allow Joe Sanderson to convert.

The visitors took a six-point lead into the interval – Liam Mackay showing great footwork to break the Keighley line and eventually offload to Sanderson to cross next to the posts.

With the Cougars going down the hill, their flowing attacking style under coach Craig Lingard began too slowly seep back in as Beharrell showed quick hands to create the space to allow Nicholson to stroll in under the uprights.

The Cougars took the lead for the second time when Hunslet conceded back-to-back penalties on the Keighley line and, with defences very much on top in this game, Beharrell opted to take the two points on offer.

The game was on a knife-edge with both sides throwing away opportunities to take the clash by the scruff of the neck, but it would be the home side that delivered the killer blow.

On the back of a scrum ten metres from the Hunslet line, Nicholson took a pass out of the tackle and proceeded to side-step around a defender before touching down.

 

Titch Charged By The RFL

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Ritchie Hawkyard has been charged by the RFL Disciplinary Panel following his sin-bin against the Hemel Stags.

Titch was shown a yellow card in the 71st minute of the 6-84 victory following an incident in the tackle involving Alex Williams of the Stags.

Both men were sin-binned by the match official at the time on the incident by the Disciplinary Panel have made the decision to charge both players.

Hawkyard has been charged with Grade A Punching, whilst Williams has been charged with Grade B Punching.

A Grade A charge carries a punishment of a 1 game suspension, however Titch does have an Early Guilty Plea available which he must submit by 11am on Wednesdya 19th April.

Cougars Hoping For A ‘Good’ Friday – Hunslet Preview

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

Date: Friday 14th April

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

After returning to winning ways with a rout of Hemel Stags last time out, the Cougars welcome Hunslet RL to Cougar Park for this season’s Good Friday fixture in Round Five of the Kingstone Press League One Campaign.

LAST TIME OUT:

Keighley Cougars strolled to their first win in a month as they defeated the Hemel Stags 6-84 at Pennine Way. Adam Ryder scored 4 tries on the afternoon whilst both Andy Gabriel and Brendon Rawlins scored hat-tricks. Further tries on the day came through Josh Tonks, James Feather, Ritchie Hawkyard, Brad Nicholson, Mike Emmett and Matty Beharrell, who also added 10 conversions.

Hunslet RL put South Wales Ironmen to the sword with a 58-6 victory in South Leeds. Captain George Flanagan led by example as he crossed for a hat-trick whilst there was also a brace for Jake Normington. Marcus Webb, Mufaro Mvududu, Aston Wilson and Brooke Broughton also crossed for James Coyle’s side whilst Joe Sanderson slotted over 9 times from the kicking tee.

TEAM NEWS

Craig Lingard welcomes Will Milner (Concussion) and Josh Lynam (Illness) back into this 19 man squad but is still without Scott Law (Bicep). Fran Welsh (Back) is also ruled out through injury with Harry Aaronson and Liam Darville dropping otu the side. Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) is still Linners only long term injury doubt.

James Coyle will still have Ryan Ince available after the Widnes man extended his loan at the club this week. Marcus Webb (Hamstring) has been ruled out through injury meaning his place has been taken by Gavin Duffy who makes his first return to Cougar Park this Friday. Jose Kenga also comes into the 19 man squad.

KEY BATTLE:

Both sides can claim experience and leadership in their respective hooker and captains James Feather and George Flanagan. Both players have a similar style of play with quick hands and neither are afraid to break or burst through from the play the ball if required. The clash between the two is definitely one to keep an eye on at Cougar Park.

THE SQUADS:

COUGARS: Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Kelly; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Sagar; Tonks.

HUNSLET: Ansell; Broughton; Carbutt; Duffy; Flangan; Flynn; Gibson; Hesketh; Ince; Kenga; Mackay; Mvududu; Normington; Reed; Sanderson; Tebb; Walton; Watson; Wilson.

THE COACHES:

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “Both teams are probably closely matched on paper and in a similar situation in that there are two new coaches and two new squads.

“I would imagine this is the sort of a game we need to win to get higher in the table come the end of the year, so even though it is early in the season it is going to be a big game for us.

“Knowing James Coyle, he likes to play right to the line and commit defenders. Whether he has got the players he’d like to play that game plan, I’m not 100 per cent sure.

“They are similar to us in that they are a bit of an unknown quantity. They are a new team, chopping and changing to find the right combination for them.”

Hunslet RL Head Coach James Coyle: ““Against South Wales, we fixed a few bits and pieces which we spoke about and a couple of individuals put in improved performances. Overall I was happy with what we did.

“We have a clean bill of health and a few played on Sunday who haven’t played for a while.

“Joe Sanderson came in and Matthew Tebb and Brooke Broughton played. I want to use the squad and that’s something I know I can do.

“I am happy with everybody we’ve got – there’s nobody I am worried about putting in the team.”

THE REFEREE:

This Friday’s Referee for the Good Friday clash between League One’s West Yorkshire foes is Matthew Rossleigh from London. The Australian born official is officiating his second consecutive Cougars game on Friday after refereeing Sunday’s 6-84 away victory over the Hemel Stags at Pennine Way.

PREDICTION:

Clashes between the two are notoriously close affairs and Easter meetings between the two are traditionally played at the South Leeds Stadium adding a new dimention to this year’s meeting. Both teams are coming in of big wins over southern opposition at the weekend and neither have tinkered with their teams too much meaning it should be yet another tight clash. Four former Cougars in the Hunslet 19 also adds a bit of spice but you’d have to just fancy Keighley with home advantage. – COUGARS BY 6.

Ex Physio To Tackle London Marathon

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Former Cougars Physio Faz Dawood is set to take on the London Marathon in a fortnight’s time to raise monies for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.

Faz is running “in memory of a colleague, inspiration and a friend’ for Cardiomyopathy UK, a charity that carries out vital research into the heart condition that sadly took Danny’s life in May 2015.

Faz was due to cover the game and remembers Danny as a true athlet and leader who gave his sport everything and also the nickname giving to him by Danny of ‘Serg’ as he found a resemblance between Faz and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Dawood is to run the 26.2 miles course of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April.

Donations can be made by clicking on this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Faz-Dawood

Alternatively, you can donate via text by sending CMDJ86 followed by £1, £3, £5 or £10 to 70070.

South Wales Family Fun Day Double Header Confirmed

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Keighley Cougars can this afternoon confirm that our annual ‘Family Fun Day’ game will this season be a double header.

The day itself will be held on Saturday 3rd June and will see both Craig Lingard and the First Team and also Scott Lindsey and the Reserve team face their counterparts from the South Wales Ironmen.

The Reserves Championship fixture between the Cougars and the Ironmen Reserves sides will get the day underway with a 2:30pm kick off.

The Kingstone Press League One fixture between the two clubs respectives first teams will then complete the double header as they get underway with a 6pm kick off.

Turnstiles on the day will open at 1:30pm and following the first team game, there will be a disco and karaoke in the Executive Suite until Midnight.

Admission price on the day is £15 for both games, the normal matchday cost of first team fixtures, however should supporters only attend the reserve team fixture they will be able to claim £10 back through a voucher presented on the turnstile as £5 is the admission price for just the Reserves fixture.

‘Family Fun Day’ activities for younger supporters are set to include a Bouncy Castle and Barbeque (Weather Dependent) and will be confirmed in due course.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Hunslet RL

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face Hunslet RL at Cougar Park this Friday afternoon.

Will Milner (Concussion) has now been medically cleared to return to the side after missing the rout of Hemel on Sunday due to the head injury he sustained in the League One Cup Quarter Final defeat at Barrow.

Josh Lynam, who dropped out of the side to face Hemel through illness, has recovered in time for the visit of Hunslet.

There is also a return to the 19 man squad for Sean Kelly after time on the sidelines with a knee, and then a head injury.

Scott Law (Bicep) is still ruled out through injury as is Emmerson Whittel (Jaw). Fran Welsh is also ruled out through injury.

Liam Darville and Harry Aaronson drop out the of the 19 man squad which travelled to Hemel on Sunday.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE HUNSLET:
2 – Andy Gabriel
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
9 – James Feather
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
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

Sweet Sixteen As Cougars Run Riot

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Hemel Stags 6-84 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars returned to winning ways in stunning fashion, easing to an 84-6 League One victory away at Hemel Stags.

The result pleased Head Coach Craig Lingard after four consecutive defeats in all competitions in the previous month.

“It’s been a tough month so this one was a lift for us,” said Lingard.

“We’ve worked all week on where we could get into Hemel and certainly down the short side we exposed areas where we could get through them.

“The left edge certainly showed that as everyone down that left side scored a few tries and it’s good as we’ve dropped off a little on our attacking shape.

“After the Gloucester defeat we identified we were a bit defensively weak and in the weeks that followed we really focused on our defensive structure.

“The downside of that is that when you’re a part-team time like ourselves, when you focus on one area you take your eye of another so that’s why we’ve worked on that.

“The lads did really well today and it showed as we scored over 80 points.”

Lingard’s side found themselves 16-0 up after just eight minutes with Andy Gabriel getting the scoring underway after he pounced on a Matty Beharrell kick, the first of the Cougars sixteen in the glorious sunshine.

Adam Ryder powered over from close range before Adam Brook stole the ball in a one-on-one, allowing Ritchie Hawkyard to play Josh Tonks in from eight metres out.

The Cougars extended their lead when Tonks turned provider to send Ryder over for his second before Hemel got on the scoreboard as Marcus Elliott intercepted Hawkyard’s pass and raced 80 metres to score.

The visitors looked likely to score every time they got near the Stags’ line, and restored their 20-point advantage when James Feather went from dummy half to find his way underneath the posts.

There was a suspicion of offside in the Cougars’ next try as both Gabriel and Ryder appeared to be in front of a Beharrell kick but linked up to send the scrum half over.

The Beharrell-Gabriel combination struck once more seven minutes from half-time as Beharrell showed quick hands to get the winger over in the corner.

Brendon Rawlins had the final say of the half, taking the ball 30 metres out and scoring a superb solo effort as he fended off a number of would-be tacklers before crashing over.

Cougars started the second half in the same vain with Ryder completing his hat-trick as he raced half the length of the field to dive over in the corner.

The half-century was achieved when Hawkyard dived beneath the uprights from a Brook offload and, from the restart, Keighley worked their way downfield with Tonks offloading out of the tackle to send Brad Nicholson over.

There was a temporary lull in proceedings before the Cougars scored once more as Ryder showed great power after Gabriel kept the ball alive to fight over for his fourth try of the afternoon.

Rawlins added his second 12 minutes from time after racing over from 30 metres after Beharrell created the space – before completing his hat-trick after Hawkyard and Reece Williams were sin-binned for fighting.

There was still time for Gabriel to complete his hat-trick from a Darville break with Mike Emmett also powering over.

Cougars Head South As They Look To Get Back On The Winning Trail – Hemel Preview

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Hemel Stags v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 9th April

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Pennine Way Stadium, Hemel Hempstead

After the defence of the League One Cup came to an end away at Barrow last Sunday, the Cougars return to League One action looking for a first win since the 5th March as they face Hemel Stags, a side yet to win in any competition so far in the 2017 season.

LAST TIME OUT:

Hemel Stags fell to a fifth consecutive defeat in 2017 as they were handed a 82-0 thrashing away from home at the Barrow Raiders. The Stags conceded 15 tries on a very difficult evening in Cumbria with the game effecitvely over as a contest after just the opening 20 minutes.

The Cougars League One Cup defence ended with a 28-6 away defeat at the Barrow Raiders. Adam Brook’s second half effort may have been the first try Barrow conceded at home in 291 minutes, but proved to be a mere consolation as the Raiders proved too strong for the Cougars for the second time in as many weeks.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach Troy Perkins is set to ring the changes following the defeat in Barrow a fortnight ago. Santino Decaro (Shoulder) and Ross White (Calf) are out injured whilst Jorge Richardson and Charlie Brown drop out of the side that went down heavily to the Raiders. Lewis Fairhurst, Aaron James, Harley Axe and Alex Williams come into the seventeen.

Craig Lingard will be without Will Milner (Concussion) and Scott Law (Hamstring) who join Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) on the sidelines. Linners does welcome Nathan Conroy (Ankle) back after a month out through injury with Neil Cherryholme set to make his first apperance of the season after being included in the 19 man squad.

KEY BATTLE:

Stags versatile hooker Jono Burns has been credited with adding enthusasim to a youthful and struggling Stags side but will have to be at the very top of his game if he is to combat the threat posed to him this Sunday by Cougars Captain James Feather and Nathan Conroy. On their day, you will struggle to find a better duo out of dummy half and Burns will have to be wary from the moment the game gets underway.

THE SQUADS:

STAGS: Axe; Barlow; Burns; Elliott; Fairhurst; Forde; Gregory; Halliday; Horn; James; Jonas; Jowett; Lee; O’Brien; Thornton; Tomlinson; Vincent; A Williams; R Williams.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Darville; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Lynam; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Sagar; Tonks.

THE COACHES:

Hemel Stags Head Coach Troy Perkins has yet to comment.

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “We will be going with our strongest team, which is what we have done for the past three weeks.

“I am not going to say to the lads who have slogged their guts out these last three weeks, going up to Barrow twice and playing against Toronto, that I am going to give them a rest.

“Obviously we are going to look at our team performance-wise but we will be going with our strongest team.”

THE REFEREE:

This Sunday’s referee for the League One Round Four meeting between the Stags and the Cougars at Pennine Way is Matthew Rossleigh from London. The Australian born official is a regular for home games of both the Stags and London Skolars, however this is set to be the first team he has been the whistle blower for a Cougars first team fixture.

PREDICTION:

Both these sides come into the game on back of away defeats at Barrow but with the Stags now based north in Dewsbury, the element of the away side travelling has been taken away for the Cougars. Lingard’s side have now gone a month without victory and you would expect that to change against a Stags side that has shipped 180 points in their first three League One fixtures. – COUGARS BY 46.

Travel Pack – Hemel Stags

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Hemel Stags Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

This Sunday, the Cougars look to bounce back from exiting the League One Cup and look to end a run of four consecutive defeats as they head south to Pennine Way to face League One’s bottom side, the Hemel Stags.

GAME DETAILS:
Hemel Stags v Keighley Cougars
Kingstone Press League One Round Four
Pennine Way
Sunday 9th April 2017, Kick Off: 14:00
Referee: M Rossleigh

 

 

ADMISSION:
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Adult – £9
Junior (Under 16’s) – £1

You can pre-purchase tickets by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hemel-stags-vs-keighley-cougars-tickets-32032572286

VENUE:
Hemel Stags were formed in 1981. Since then they have been based at the Pennine Way Stadium. Hemel Stags played their first match at Pennine Way on 3 April 1981 against Walthamstowe-based McEntee, losing 38-0.

A 21-year Dacorum Borough Council lease was granted to Stags in 1985. In February 1985, Hemel Stags opened their first social club at Pennine Way. It incorporated a bar and a social/recreational area. The clubhouse doubled in size in 1987. Growing confidence in the club in the early ’90s saw the opening of a completely new social club with the old clubhouse being converted into changing rooms.

Ground difficulties meant that Hemel had to leave the Alliance league and drop down to the Rugby League Conference in 1999.

In September 2008, the club obtained planning permission for a small stadium at Pennine Way and in 2010 the first stage was completed with the enclosure of the ground and the opening of an all-weather training pitch and the floodlighting of the main pitch.

In preparation for Hemel’s admittance to the semi-professional level, a 406-seat stand was built at the end of the 2012 season.

WHERE TO DRINK:
The Hemel Stags have a fully licenced bar and clubhouse which is open to spectators on matchday at the Pennine Way Stadium.

The bar is open from Noon until 6pm on matchday serving Lager, Cask Ale, Cider, Wine, Spirits, Soft drinks, Bottled Drinks, Hot drinks and Bar snacks.

WHERE TO PARK:
There is parking available at the ground for the use of supporters from both clubs, however, on occasion spaces can be limited.

TRAVEL:

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: HP2 5UD
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (189 miles, 3hr 23min)

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, going through two 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.
Slight left onto Mayo Ave/A6177. Continue to follow A6177.
Slight right onto M606 (signs for M62/M1).
Take the M62 (E)/A638 exit toward M1/Dewsbury/Hull/Leeds.
Keep left at the fork and merge onto 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.
At junction 9, take the A5/A5183 exit to Dunstable/St Albans.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Dunstable Rd/A5183. Continue to follow A5183.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A5183.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B487.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Redbourn Rd/A4147.
Turn right onto Pennine Way. Destination will be on your left.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TRAIN – 08:46 from Keighley, arriving in Leeds at 09:14
TRAIN – 09:53 from Leeds, arriving in Manchester Piccadilly at 10:47
TRAIN – 11:15 from Manchester Picadilly, arriving in Milton Keynes Central at 12:50
TRAIN – 13:12 from Milton Keynes Central, arriving in Hemel Hempstead at 13:43
TRAIN – 17:11 from Hemel Hempstead, arriving in London Euston at 17:38
UNDERGROUND (VICTORIA) – 17:53 from London Euston, arriving in London Kings Cross at 18:03
TRAIN – 18:35 from London Kings Cross, arriving in Keighley at 21:21

19 Man Squad Announcement – Hemel Stags

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has this afternoon announced his 19 man squad to face the Hemel Stags on Sunday.

Nathan Conroy (Ankle) returns from injury to feature for the first time since last month’s defeat away at the All Golds whilst there is a first inclusion this season in the 19 for Neil Cherryholme.

There is also a first inclusion this term for Liam Darville who returned to action with the reserves last Saturday after missing a month off the season through travelling.

Will Milner (Concussion) is not included following the head injury he sustained at Barrow and will not be allowed to return to the side to play until medically cleared to do so by a doctor.

Scott Law (Hamstring) also misses out along with Fran Welsh who is not included in the side.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE HEMEL:
1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
15 – Neil Cherryholme
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
24 – Liam Darville
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

James Pickering Signs One Year Deal

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm that James Pickering has signed a one year deal with the club.

Pickers, a second row forward or centre, joined the club on trial in pre-season and has now been handed a pay as you play deal by Craig Lingard for the remainder of the 2017 season.

The deal was signed last week in order to allow Pickering to feature for the reserves side in their 14-84 defeat to St Helens at Cougar Park in the Reserves Championship.

We’re delighted to welcome James to Cougar Park now on a permanent basis.

League One Cup Defence Falters In Barrow

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Barrow Raiders 28-6 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars’ defence of the League One Cup came to a halt in the quarter-finals as they fell to defeat at familiar foes Barrow Raiders this afternoon.

Head Coach Craig Lingard couldn’t hide his disappointment: “It’s an opportunity missed and I’m massively disappointed,” said Lingard.

“The first forty minutes was the dumbest Rugby League we’ve played all year and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We went 10-0 down early on and thought we had to start chasing the game and you can’t go wide against a defence which coming up and meeting you as quickly as Barrow’s did.

“We had to go through their defence and we didn’t we were trying to go wide even off slow rucks.

“We weren’t smart enough and we were the masters of our own downfalls today.”

In their second visit to the Cumbrians in a fortnight, the tone was set as Lingard’s men fell ten points behind after the game’s opening five minutes.

After Davey Dixon was penalised for offside, Barrow worked their way up field from a kick and Ryan Fieldhouse got the offload to Luke Cresswell on the wing for him to dive over from close range.

Another penalty cost the Cougars dearly in the fifth minute after Vinny Finigan was penalised for moving off the mark at the play-the-ball. Lewis Charnock put a grubber in underneath the posts for Jamie Dallimore to dive on to.

The Cougars defence held strong for the best part of half an hour before they were penalised once more for a dump tackle on Shane Toal, with Charnock opting to take the two points on offer from 20 metres out.

There was a lengthy delay in the closing stages of the half though as Will Milner was caught late following a kick on the last and had to be helped off the field by the match doctor after being diagnosed with a serious concussion.

The first half ended how it started with a Barrow try, as Josh Tonks attempted to intercept a Dallimore kick and, from the resulting free play, Fieldhouse raced through to touch down.

Keighley began the second half positively as they pressured the Barrow line but the home side extended their lead as Declan Hulme took an offload out of the tackle and weaved his way through to score from 30 metres.

Toal was then sin-binned for a professional foul and it seemed to spark Keighley into life as, from the resulting penalty, Adam Brook managed to find a way over after breaking a tackle.

They were the first points Barrow have conceded at home in 291 minutes of rugby league.

Following Brook’s try, the game descended into a scrappy affair with both sides missing numerous chances to score.

Andy Litherland had an effort ruled out before Cresswell knocked Finigan into touch with a superb last-ditch tackle at the other end.

The result was put beyond doubt with four minutes left on the clock when, after Joe Bullock was held up over the line, Litherland fended off Brook to crash over.

Charnock completed the scoring, adding a penalty kick on the hooter after the Cougars were penalised for a high tackle.

It means Raiders have knocked Cougars out of both cups this season, having also beaten them in the Challenge Cup.

Reserves Defeated On Day One

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Keighley Cougars Reserves 14-84 St Helens Reserves Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

COUGARS Reserves side opened their new Championship campaign with a heavy home defeat at the hands of St Helens.

Despite competing with their full time Super League opposition throughout the game, injuries took their toll as they finished with just 12 men as the Saints ran in 60 unanswered second half points.

The Saints made the trip to Cougar Park with a young side in age yet it was still filled with bags of first team experience.

But on the day itself, the show was run by Saints half Danny Richardson who has become a regular in the Super League this term.

Yet the early signs were promising for Scott Lindsey’s side as they raced into an early 10 point lead through Gavin Reed and Harry Aaronson.

Saints turned the game on its head with four quick fire tries to turn their deficit into a 14 point advantage with Joe Cator grabbing a brace on the back of efforts from Dave Eccleston and Liam Cooper.

The final say of the half would come from Aaronson who produced a moment of individual quality as he put in a grubber to avoid getting knocked into touch, yet he managed to touch the ball down after it was left to roll dead by the defence.

The second half proved a bridge too far and the Saints turned the screw with Jonah Cunningham, son of Kieron, and Ricky Bailey crossing either side of Cator completing his hat-trick.

England Academy international Brad Clavering powered over from close range with Calvin Wellington weaving through to score the points which took the Saints past the half century mark.

Bailey raced thirty metres to score his second of a Richardson break before hooker Aaron Smith got in on the act racing round to touch down beneath the uprights.

There would still be time though for three more St Helens tries with Wellington sealing his brace as he raced the length of the field to score.

Richardson then grabbed a try for himself before putting Bailey’s third on a plate for him as the referee blew up for full-time.

Cup Defence Continues On Familiar Ground – Barrow Preview

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

Date: Sunday 2nd April

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: J F Hornby Stadium, Barrow-In-Furness

After falling bravely defeat at home to Toronto, the Cougars return to familiar ground with yet another trip to Barrow as Craig Lingard’s side continue their defence of the League One Cup.

LAST TIME OUT:

Barrow eased their way to a 82-0 thrashing of the Hemel Stags in Cumbria. Ryan Johnstone marked his competitive debut with 30 points on the evening whilst Ryan Fieldhouse helped himself to a hat-trick of tries as the Raiders ran riot on home soil.

The Cougars fell to a 21-48 defeat at home to the Toronto Wolfpack in a thoroughly enjoyable game of Rugby League. Matty Beharrell scored 13 points on the day in a Man of the Match performance with further tries coming through Josh Lynam and Brad Nicholson.

TEAM NEWS

Paul Crarey will be without Brett Carter (Facial Fractures) for several weeks whilst he is still without Max Wiper, Karl Ashall, Chris Fleming and Matty Holmes who are out through long term injuries sustained during pre-season. Danny Morrow (Shoulder) is also missing through injury.

Craig Lingard will be without Nathan Conroy (Ankle) and Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) for this Sunday’s trip to Cumbria. There is a recall to the side for both Davey Dixon and Harry Aaronson whilst Danny Lawton and Nathan Kitson are both unavailable for selection. This week has come too soon for Sean Kelly (Knee).

KEY BATTLE:

Jarrad Stack has been a top performer at both Championship and League One level for the best part of a decade since arriving from Australia and his signing was a major statement by the Raiders. He has not failed to deliver so far this season but in Josh Tonks comes up against one of the hardest back row runners in the division. It shall very much be Round Two of the irresistible force against the immovable object.

THE SQUADS:

RAIDERS: Abram; Aspinwall; Bullock; Charnock; Crellinn; Cresswell; Dallimore; Dawson; Duerden; Fieldhouse; Hulme; Litherland; Marwood; Mossop; Stack; D Toal; S Toal; Walker; Wilkes.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Law; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Sagar; Tonks; Welsh.

THE COACHES:

Barrow Raiders Head Coach Paul Crarey: “They have knocked on the door and they have done really well when they come in.

“We want to be solid as a unit and keep giving these lads opportunities when we can. I know the 17 for Sunday and I’m happy with the side we are going to put out.

“It will be very competitive and I just think it will be a great ding-dong battle, it could be a classic really because they played really well last time.

“The scoreline didn’t reflect the game. It was only in the back-end of the game when they got done so they are going to be real tough.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “I have said all along that we have a good calibre of players down here. It is just about putting it all together.

“The jigsaw is just about complete but we are learning things every week.

“Lessons will come along every now and again and we have to learn from them. There was another lesson on Sunday in that we were in a commanding position.”

THE REFEREE:

This Sunday’s referee at the J F Hornby Stadium for this League One Cup Quarter Final tie is Nick Bennett from Sheffield. This will be Bennett’s second Cougars appointment of the season after previously officiating the 50-8 victory over North Wales Crusaders at Cougar Park in March.

PREDICTION:

The Cougars and Barrow knock each other as well as any two sides throughout Rugby League’s third tier and whilst Barrow eased past Hemel last Saturday, the Cougars came through unscathed and with flying colours despite defeat against Toronto. It promises to be a corker at Craven Park. – COUGARS BY 6.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Barrow Raiders

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Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face the Barrow Raiders this Sunday in the Quarter Finals of the League One Cup.

Davey Dixon and Harry Aaronson, who both missed out on a place in the side last weekend, both return to the 19 in place of Josh Casey, who drops out, and Nathan Kitson who is unavailable for selection this weekend.

Sunday comes too soon for Sean Kelly (Knee) who is now expected to feature for the reserves against St Helens at Cougar Park on Saturday.

Danny Lawton is unavailable for selection whilst Nathan Conroy (Ankle) is still a week away from a potential return.

Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) still Linners’ only long term absentee.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE BARROW:
1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
16 – Will Milner
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
23 – Fran Welsh
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder