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In Form Cougars Head To Cumbria – Whitehaven Preview

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

Date: Sunday 20th August

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Recreation Ground, Whitehaven

After sealing a dramatic but well deserved point against the Toronto Wolfpack last Sunday, the Cougars head to Cumbria to face Whitehaven this Sunday at the Recreation Ground in a game that is only going ahead thanks to the superb work of the Whitehaven grounds staff to clear a large amount of standing water from the pitch this week.

LAST TIME OUT:

Whitehaven lost further ground on Toronto and Barrow at the top of League One as they fell to a 30-22 defeat away at Doncaster RL. Tries from Jesse Joe Parker and Connor Holliday sent Haven into the interval only trailing by 4 points but they took a 22-20 lead after a try from Tommy Holland and a second for Parker but Doncaster scored twice late on to condemn Carl Forster’s side to a second defeat in the Super Eights.

A Matty Beharrell penalty kick at the death sealed a point against Toronto for the Cougars. Despite falling behind early doors, tries from Hamish Barnes and Vinny Finigan gave the Cougars a 12-4 lead but they headed into the half-time break trailing by ten points. A superb second half showing saw tries from first Ritchie Hawkyard and a superb indiviudal Finigan effort close the gap to two points before Beharrell slotted over for the two points to secure a famous draw.

TEAM NEWS:

Whitehaven Player-Coach Carl Forster has put himself straight back into the side after missing last Sunday’s defeat to Doncaste through suspension. Dion Aiye is also back into the squad after missing last weekend’s trip to South Yorkshire through injury while Jordan Hand is also back from injury but misses out on a return. Scott McAvoy drops out.

Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard will be without Scott Law (Leg) after the Prop sustained a nasty knock during last Sunday’s draw with the Wolfpack. Josh Tonks returns following his five game suspension for his dismissal in June’s defeat to York while Brad Nicholson (Quad) returns after missing the last three games through suspension and injury.

KEY BATTLE:

Josh Tonks will be a man with a point to prove after sitting out for the best part of two months through suspension and along with in form Ben Sagar will provide Connor Holliday and Papua New Guinea international Dion Aiye, who is returning from injury, with a stern test this Sunday afternoon in Cumbria.

THE SQUADS:

WHITEHAVEN: Aiye; Burns; Calvert; Crook; Forster; Green; Holland; Holliday; Miller; Newton; Olstrum; Parker; Riley; Roper; Shackley; Taylor; Thompson; Tilley; Worthington.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barnes; Beharrell; Brook; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Nicholson; O’Sullivan; Rawlins; Reed; Ryder; Sagar; Tonks.

THE COACHES:

Whitehaven Player-Coach Carl Forster: “We already know from that last meeting Keighley will be a tough nut to crack, but we will be preparing accordingly and spending a lot of time on our defence this week.

“The race for the top five is hotting up and it’s disappointing to have lost two out of our first four games in the Eights, which is why we will need to record a home win on Sunday.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “It becomes a dilemma when you’ve been undefeated in five games and people are starting to come back to fitness. But those players have to force their way into the team.

“In Tonks’ case, he is a really important player for us. His aggression, the way that he carries the ball, and his enthusiasm makes him someone that you want in the team.

“He will strengthen us and, hopefully, Nicholson will be available as well. Then we might have some headaches about who to select rather than who can we select because we haven’t got enough bodies.

“It’s disappointing I suppose that Whitehaven got beaten by Doncaster because we would’ve been in the top five after that but, it is what it is. We didn’t get that favour. All we can do is keep winning games or keep chalking these draws off and not getting beat.”

THE REFEREE:

The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Super Eights Round Four fixture at the Recreation Ground is Greg Dolan. This will be the second successive Sunday that Dolan has officiated the Marras but only the second time this season he has been the whistle blower for a Cougars game in 2017 with his previous appointment coming in May’s defeat away at Doncaster RL.

SUMMARY:

The Cougars are very much the in-form team of Kingstone Press League One after five games unbeaten and the draw against Toronto was more than deserved last time out. Whitehaven will be hurting after losing away at Doncaster last weekend and will be glad to be back on home soil and on a pitch which may still be suffering the after effects of flooding earlier in the week. This promises to be yet another belting 80 minutes of Super Eights Rugby League.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Whitehaven

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face Whitehaven this Sunday at the Recreation Ground.

Josh Tonks is back into the 19 man squad for this first time since July’s defeat to Whitehaven after serving a 5 match suspension for his dismissal in June’s defeat to the York City Knights.

Brad Nicholson (Quad) also returns to the side after missing the victories over Doncaster and York as well as last Sunday’s home draw with the Toronto Wolfpack.

Andy Gabriel (Leg) is expected to be fit for Sunday’s trip to Cumbria after suffering a freak injury at work in the lead-up to last Sunday’s game against the Wolfpack.

Scott Law (Leg) is ruled out through injury after sustaining an injury against Toronto while Sean Kelly (Paternity Leave) is still unavailable for selection.

Josh Lynam is made unavailable for selection once more by Lingard due to an internal disciplinary matter.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE WHITEHAVEN:
1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
9 – James Feather
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder
34 – Hamish Barnes
36 – Trae O’Sullivan
37 – Gavin Reed

Davey Dixon Signs New Two Year Deal

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Keighley Cougars can this evening announce that Davey Dixon has signed a new contract with the club.

Dixon, who joined the club ahead of this season from the Castleford Tigers as Craig Lingard’s first signing, has put pen to paper on a new two year deal meaning he will be with the Cougars until the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Since arriving at Cougar Park, Davey has made 15 appearances for the club in which he has scored 6 tries and his performances had attracted interest from elsewhere prior to agreeing his new deal with the club.

His performances have also caught the attention of Steve McCormack who has selected the winger, who has also played in the centres this season, as a part of his Scotland squad for this coming Autumn’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia.

The club will be making further announcements regarding the 2018 squad over the coming weeks.

Matthew Bailey Signs On For 2018

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Keighley Cougars can this evening announce Matthew Bailey has signed a new one year deal with the club.

After a hugely impressive 2016 season, Matthew has continued his fine form in the 2017 season under Craig Lingard and has gone on to make 20 appearances in 2017, scoring 4 tries.

‘Bails’ re-joined the Cougars ahead of the 2013 season after a stint with the Bradford Bulls but suffered the horror of breaking his leg in a pre-season fixture against Barrow Raiders in the January of that year.

Since returning from the injury that saw him miss the vast majority of 2013, Bailey has cemented his place as a first team regular under Paul March and then current Head Coach Craig Lingard and his performances saw him win a number of awards in 2016 including the Keighley Cougars Player of the Year.

During his current spell at Cougar Park, Matthew has made 73 appearances for the Cougars in which time he has crossed the white line on no fewer than 8 occassions.

Travel Pack – Whitehaven

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Whitehaven Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

This Sunday, the Cougars look to continue their recent phenomenal upturn in form as the head north to Cumbria to face Whitehaven as Craig Lingard’s side look to make it six unbeaten and secure a third Super Eights victory in the process.

GAME DETAILS:
Whitehaven v Keighley Cougars
Kingstone Press League One Super Eights Round Four
Recreation Ground
Sunday 20th August 2017, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Mr G Dolan

 

 

ADMISSION:
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Adult – £16
Concessions – £11
Juniors – £5

VENUE:
Whitehaven currently ply their trade at the Recreation Ground, the clubs home since it’s formation in 1948.

The Recreation Ground in its current form was built in 1948 to enable the newly formed Whitehaven to play in the Rugby Football League.

The Kells end stand steel framework was built in 1961 and in 1973 the ground acquired floodlights. The old wooden grandstand was demolished in 1995 and the B&H Motors Grandstand was built to replace it.

Work began on the stadium in late November 2014 to meet RFL operating rules for Championship clubs for 2015. The Kells end stand was shot blasted, the steel framework repainted and the cladding replaced with new galvanised sheeting. In addition, new changing facilities under the grandstand were built. The next phase of the work to commence later in 2005 is to upgrade the floodlights and increase the ground’s seating capacity to meet RFL requirements. Britain’s Energy Coast financed the improvements.

The ground now has terracing on 3 sides with one end of ground, the Kells end, covered. The other sides are known the Popular side, the Railway end and the LLWR Grandstand which seats 556. The ground is set to have a second seated stand holding 1,100 people where the Popular side terracing now stands. The current ground capacity is 7,500.

There is a disabled supporters view area in the grandstand with disabled toilets located within the ground while the JJ McKeown bar has disabled access and disabled toilets.

WHERE TO DRINK:

The JJ McKeown bar is Open before and after all Home Games serving a range of Quality Draught and Bottled Beers and Wines.

WHERE TO PARK:

Matchday parking is available on The Whitehaven Miners Car Park adjacent to the Recreation Ground Main Entrance. The Whitehaven Miners Charge for parking is £2.

Free Parking is available on the Ginns Car Park five minutes walk from the Recreation Ground.

TRAVEL:

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: CA28 9DD
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (123 miles, 2hr 37min)
Head east on Royd Ings Ave towards Alston Rd.
Turn right onto Alston Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Hard Ings Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A629.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A629.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Skipton Rd/A629. Continue to follow A629.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A65.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on A65.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on A65.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M6 slip road to Penrith/North Lakes.
Merge onto M6.
At junction 40, take the A66 exit to Penrith/Workington/Brough.
At Skirsgill Interchange, take the 1st exit onto A66.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A66.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Keswick Bypass/A66. Continue to follow A66.
At Lamplugh Roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A66.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on A66.
At Bridgefoot Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A595.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A595.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on A595.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A595.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A595.
Turn right onto Park Dr.
Turn right onto Corkickle/A5094.
Turn left onto Coach Rd.
Turn left. Destination will be on the right.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
The club would advise against using Public Transport to this fixture as the first train into Whitehaven on the day of the match does not arrive into Whitehaven until 15:20.

Cougars Share The Spoils In Dramatic Encounter

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Keighley Cougars 26-26 Toronto Wolfpack Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

DRAMA of the highest order was on the Cougar Park menu as a Matty Beharrell’s penalty kick at the death saw Keighley snatch a well-deserved point against leaders Toronto.

The draw leaves Cougars – who became only the second side to take points off Wolfpack – two behind fifth-placed Doncaster in the top-five play-off race.

“I couldn’t really watch Matty’s penalty kick, I turned my back and waited to hear either the cheers or the groans from the crowd and thankfully it was cheers,” said an ecstatic Craig Lingard.

“I said to the guys before they went out that they said Usain Bolt was going to win the 100m final, Mo Farah was going to win the 5000m final and Toronto was going to win today but you don’t win games on paper.

“We’ve ripped that form book up today and over the last few weeks as a team we’ve developed a bit of resilience and determination as a team.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t get the victory but in the end, a draw is just rewards for our efforts.”

The opening stages of the game were on an even keel until the man in the middle ruled that Nathan Conroy had played at a Greg Worthington grubber and wiped the tackle count, allowing Toronto to work the ball across to Jonny Pownall who scored from a lovely Quentin Laulu-Togagae offload.

Cougars took the lead shortly after when Hamish Barnes managed to spot a gap in the Wolfpack’s defensive line and raced through to score.

Lingard will have been overjoyed when Brendon Rawlins showed great vision to get an offload to the wing, where Vinny Finigan had the space and time to stroll in at the corner.

Every 50-50 decision seemed to be going the way of the Wolfpack, however, and it led to their second try after the Cougars were penalised for a suspect challenge in the air.

Richard Whiting broke the line and offloaded at the last moment for Laulu-Togagae to touch down.

Toronto then retook the lead as the try-scorer linked up with Steve Crossley in a break downfield before Blake Wallace’s last-ditch offload attempt was nearly fumbled by Liam Kay, but the winger just managed to get over the line.

Whiting, who had earlier provided an assist, then grabbed a try for himself when he crashed over from close range after Ritchie Hawkyard had superbly held Wallace up over the line moments earlier.

Keighley refused to go down without a fight though, and showed their resilience with a strong opening to the second half.

After Beharrell was wrongly penalised for offside, justice was served as Adam Brook broke the line and put Hawkyard home underneath the uprights.

The Cougars’ onslaught was halted when Pownall intercepted an Adam Ryder pass and raced 80 metres before a forward pass from Whiting was missed by the officials in the build-up to Worthington touching down.

Finigan then made it ‘squeaky bum’ time for the visitors as from a Ryder pass, he faced Laulu-Togagae one on one and opted to bend the ball round him with the boot before racing around to ground and close the gap to just two points.

The Wolfpack were then penalised for offside, Beharrell coolly slotting the ball over from 40 metres out to keep Cougars in the hunt for a top-five play-off place.

Cougars Out To Spoil Wolfpack’s Final Away Day – Toronto Preview

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Keighley Cougars v Toronto Wolfpack Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 13th August

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

Low on number and with back very much up against the wall, the Cougars sealed a dramatic late victory over the York City Knights last Sunday afternoon and will be out for more of the same this week as the Toronto Wolfpack visit Cougar Park for the second time this season in what will be their final away match of the 2017 season.

LAST TIME OUT:

A dramatic late try saw the Cougars knock off the York City Knights at Cougar Park. Trailing 10-0 after half hour, two Andy Gabriel tries just before the half-time interval levelled the scores but Keighley conceded first in the second half before taking the lead through Vinny Finigan. Brad Hey scored what appeared to be the winner for the Knights before a late James Feather try snatched the two points.

Toronto Wolfpack bounced back from their first League One defeat with a 0-68 routing of Workington Town at Derwent Park. Australian half-back Blake Wallace ran in four tries for Paul Rowley’s side while both Jonny Pownall and Craig Hall scored a brace. Further tries on the day in Cumbria came through QLT, Liam Kay, James Laithwaite and Jacob Emmitt on a comfortable afternoon.

TEAM NEWS:

Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard has made no secret of being low on numbers last Sunday and it is more of the same this week. Brad Nicholson (Quad) still ruled out through injury while Josh Lynam is unavailable for selection. Harry Aaronson (Tonsillitis) is 50:50 for the visit of the Wolfpack following illness otherwise it could be an unchanged side from the one that beat York.

Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley is expected to name an unchanged side from that, that routed Workington Town last Sunday at Derwent Park. Long term absentees Andrew Dixon (Foot), Gary Wheeler (Quad) and Ryan Bailey (Knee) are still missing for the Wolfpack while veteran hooker Sean Penkywicz is also unavailable for selection through injury.

KEY BATTLE

When these two sides met back in March, “That Man Again” Matty Beharrell was influential in a losing performance and was highly praised for his performance by Brian Noble during the game on Premier Sports and in the week that followed the Wolfpack’s 21-48 victory. The test is a lot tougher this time however as Beharrell will be stepping toe-to-toe with Ryan Brierley who is looking to secure his place in the Scotland World Cup squad for this autumn.

THE SQUADS:

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barnes; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Law; O’Sullivan; Rawlins; Reed; Ryder; Sagar.

WOLFPACK: Beswick; Brierley; Burroughs; Bussey; Crossley; Emmitt; Fleming; Hall; Jacks; Kay; Laithwaite; Laulu-Togagae; Moimoi; Pick; Pownall; Sidlow; Wallace; Whiting; Worthington.

THE COACHES:

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “All we can do now is week on week chalk off as many victories as we can and the guys are getting the belief now of how good they actually are.

“We’re playing some good Rugby League at the moment, we’re playing nice and fast which is playing to our strenghts and what we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks is that we have built a bit of resilience into the team.

“Toronto can relax now because now they’ve had that first defeat out the way they can play with some relaxation than what they have previously but we know it’s going to be tough because they’re a full-time team with a side full of quality players.”

Toronto Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley: “Like I said before, these 8s are a different animal and we’re going to have to be good. Everyone’s a Cup final and every performance that everyone puts on against us is their best.

“We already understand people talk us up, how good we are, we’ve got this, that and the other, I think York had more Super League players in their squad than we did in ours a fortnight ago.

“Everybody likes to go under the radar and put us on a pedestal to apply pressure. Because obviously everybody wants us to fail. So we’ve got to shoulder that pressure and deal with it.”

THE REFEREE:

The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Super Eights Round Two fixture at Cougar Park is Andy Sweet from Castleford. Sweet was the man in the middle for March’s meeting between the two sides when the Wolfpack emerged 21-48 winners over the Cougars with his last appointment for Craig Lingard’s side coming in May’s pulsating 42-58 home defeat at the hands of the Barrow Raiders.

SUMMARY:

The Cougars are very much the underdogs, have as the majority of the sides the Wolfpack have faced throughout their debut year, and Toronto will be looking to put on a show in their final away match of the 2017 season prior to completing the year with four consecutive home matches across the Atlantic. Another big crowd is expected this Sunday afternoon at Cougar Park and Craig Lingard will be hoping his side can spring the surprise to make it four wins on the bounce.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Toronto Wolfpack

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face the Toronto Wolfpack this Sunday.

Brad Nicholson (Quad) is still missing through injury but Harry Aaronson (Tonsillitis) should recover from illness in time for the visit of the League One leaders.

Davey Dixon is back into the 19 man squad after missing last Sunday’s 22-20 victory over York due to being unavailable for selection.

Josh Tonks serves the final game of his 5 match suspension against the Wolfpack while Josh Lynam is unavailable for selection.

Will Milner (Toe), Emmerson Whittel (ACL), Sean Kelly (Paternity Leave) and Aidan Scully (Finger) all remain absentees for Lingard.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE TORONTO:
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
17 – Nathan Conroy
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
32 – Adam Ryder
34 – Hamish Barnes
36 – Trae O’Sullivan
37 – Gavin Reed

Discounted Replica Shirts On Sale

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Keighley Cougars will have a number of 2016 and 2017 replica shirts on sale at discounted prices at this Sunday’s game against the Toronto Wolfpack.

Shirts will be on sale at a stall near to the main gates and are available in both children’s and adult’s sizes.

Supporters (Season Ticket Holders mainly) are also asked to please give the club a contact number or email in order to keep you up to date with collection of season tickets, offers and news throughout the upcoming off-season.

Lyny Avoids Suspension

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Josh Lynam has today avoided a suspension from the RFL Disciplinary Panel.

Lyny was charged with Grade A Punching following the incident that saw him sin-binned in the 62nd minute of last month’s 24-32 away victory against Doncaster RL at Cougar Park.

Josh has submitted an Early Guilty Plea to the Disciplinary Panel which has been accepted and has led to no further action being taken following the incident.

Lynam however will not be able to use an Early Guilty Plea again for a period of 12 months.

Buster At The Death Sees Off York

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Keighley Cougars 22-20 York City Knights Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars made it two wins from two in the Super Eights phase with a late 22-20 victory over the York City Knights at Cougar Park.

James Feather marked his first appearance at Cougar Park since announcing his retirement with a dramatic late try to move the Cougars within a point of the League One play-off places.

“The guys dug deep, stuck in there and got the win,” said Craig Lingard following the game.

“All I’ve said is that we have to take these Super Eights week by week and all we can do is try and chalk off as many victories as we can.

“It’s been a disjointed week for us as we’ve been really struggling with numbers and training this week has been pretty much non-existent due to the amount of injures we’ve had.

“We were waiting on three players to declare themselves fit this morning and had a further two pull out of the side on the day so we were down to our last 17 players.

“So to get the victory today is a really big achievement from the boys.”

After an uneventful opening to an eagerly anticipated contest, the Knights thought they had been the side to open the deadlock. However, Adam Robinson’s effort was ruled out after referee Callum Straw penalised the forward for a double movement.

York did open the scoring though, as Kieran Moran handed off a Keighley defender to waltz in unchallenged beneath the posts.

The visitors extended their lead further when Adam Brook came racing out the line, leaving a bus-sized gap for Joe Batchelor to race through and cross near to the corner.

Keighley finally got onto the scoreboard shortly before the half-time interval when clever work from James Feather saw the ball pass through the hands of Matty Beharrell and Adam Ryder to allow Andy Gabriel to squeeze home at the corner.

The sides went into the half-time break level when, on the sound of the hooter, Beharrell lofted a kick high into the air and Gabriel beat Nev Morrison to the ball and stumbled over the line.

Captain Feather thought he had given his side the lead early in the second half when he scooted his way over from dummy half but was held up over the line by a tenacious York defence.

The Knights restored their advantage when Tommy Saxton eluded an attempted tackle to squeeze over in the corner despite a suspiciously looking forward pass from Batchelor in the build-up.

However, the lead went to the home side for the first time on the afternoon when, from a Beharrell kick, Brad Hey spilled under pressure from Hamish Barnes and Vinny Finigan was quickest to pounce on the loose ball.

That lead would only last three minutes. From the Knights’ next attack, full-back James Haynes found himself under no real defensive pressure and eased his way to the line.

Feather, who had been held out earlier in the half, then scored what proved to be the game’s winning try as he took a pass from the play the ball, threw a dummy and weaved his way around the full-back to send the Cougar Park faithful into delirium.

York still had time to nick the win themselves – but Gabriel took Morrison into touch down the right wing.

Reserves Duo To Be Given First Team Opportunity

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Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard is to give reserves duo Aidan Scully and Gavin Reed an opportunity to earn first team deals for the 2018 season.

Both Scully and Reed have been training with the first team this season with Scully making his debut in the 30-30 draw away at Workington while Reed has been named in 3 of this season’s 19 man squads but is yet to debut for the first team.

Scully, a utility who can play in a number of positions, joined the Cougars Reserves ahead of the 2016 season and his unorthodox playing style impressed both spectators and coaches alike and he impressed on his first team debut last month at Workington, setting up Andy Gabriel’s first try despite breaking a finger.

Reed, a Prop Forward, joined the Reserves this year and the former Aberdeen Warrior was a part of Nathan Graham’s Scotland Students World Cup squad last month as they reached the semi-finals with Reed himself named at 10 in the Team of the Tournament for his individual performances.

Linners has invited both players to train with the first team during the next pre-season with pay as you play deals and a place in the first team squad for 2018 on offer to the duo should they impress the Head Coach.

Conroy To Remain A Cougar

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Keighley Cougars are delighted this evening to announce Nathan Conroy has signed a new deal for 2018.

By doing so, Nathan becomes the 9th member of the current squad to pledge his future to Craig Lingard’s side and signed his new deal along with Ritchie Hawkyard at training yesterday evening.

To date, Conroy has 2 tries in his 15 appearances since arriving to the club from the Dewsbury Rams and is set to take over the lead hooker role next season following James ‘Buster’ Feather’s decision to retire at the end of the current season.

The club will make further announcements regarding the 2018 squad over the coming month.

Score To Settle As Eights Continue – York Preview

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Keighley Cougars v York City Knights Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 6th August

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

The Cougars and the Knights both began the Eights last weeks with victories over Doncaster and Toronto to bring both teams into Cougar Park this Sunday buzzing with confidence as they meet for the second time this season just seven weeks removed from the fiery encounter that took place in late June.

LAST TIME OUT:

A dominant first half performance was the catalyst for a 24-32 victory away at Doncaster for Craig Lingard’s side. A brace from Matthew Bailey and tries from the left edge pairing of Andy Gabriel and Adam Ryder sent the Cougars into half-time with a 14 point advantage. A superb second half solo effort from Brendon Rawlins and a Matty Beharrell penalty in the second half secured the two points.

York inflicted Toronto’s first League One defeat of the season with a 26-16 victory at Bootham Crescent. Tries from Jake Butler-Fleming and Connor Robinson either side of a brace from Man of the Match Liam Harris sealed the victory for the Knights in front of a near 3000 crowd in what was an ill disciplined performance from the Wolfpack.

TEAM NEWS:

Cougars quartet of Scott Law, Mike Emmett, Matthew Bailey and Ben Sagar have all shaken off knocks picked up at Doncaster last weekend to be passed fit for Sunday’s game against the Knights. Brad Nicholson (Knee) has been ruled out through injury while Josh Tonks serves the fourth of his five game supension. Josh Lynam is available despite being charged with Grade A Punching by the disciplinary this week.

York full-back Ash Robson serves the first of a potentially season ending six game suspension after being found guilty of Grade E Spitting this week. Veteran winger Tommy Saxton comes into James Ford’s 19 man squad in place of David Foggin-Johnston while the Hull Kingston Rovers quartet of Jake-Butler Fleming, Liam Harris, Will Jubb and Kieron Moran are all available on dual registration.

KEY BATTLE:

The meeting between the two in June was a ill tempered affair played under fiery circumstances and the standard of refereeing that afternoon left both sides angered following the match. How referee Callum Straw handles any possible descretions on Sunday afternoon could prove crucial to the match as a whole and who responds better to his calls could be the side that takes the points.

THE SQUADS:

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barnes; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Law; Lynam; O’Sullivan; Rawlins; Reed; Ryder; Sagar.

KNIGHTS: Batchelor; Butler-Fleming; Dixon; Ellis; Harris; Haynes; Hey; Jubb; Moran; Morrison; Porter; A Robinson; C Robinson; Saxton; Siddons; Silk; Spears; Thompson; Tyson-Wilson.

THE COACHES:

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: Our players have got a point to prove against York, certainly after how they reviewed the game and put eight of our players in for disciplinary.

“Our players ideally would love to get one over on York but we’ve got to take that emotion out of the game and play with a bit of common sense.

“We want to play with passion but we’ve got to keep it within the laws of the game and within what we what we want to do in terms of keeping to our game plan and structures.”

York City Knights Head Coach James Ford: “The win would have to be up there if you look at Toronto’s playing roster and how convincingly they’ve beaten teams. But ultimately it’s two points and we needed to come in on Tuesday and be ready to work hard again.

“If we get turned over away at Keighley this week, it rules this win against Toronto out.

“The players needed to enjoy the win against Toronto but on Tuesday we started again and prepare for this weekend. Keighley are a good team and will have a point to prove after we beat them last time.”

THE REFEREE:

The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Super Eights Round Two fixture at Cougar Park is Callum Straw from Wakefield. Straw was a regular man in the middle for the Cougars throughout the 2016 season however this is the first time in 2017 he has been appointed to officiate the Cougars. Ironically, Straw’s last Cougars game was last September’s 50-8 home victory over the Knights.

SUMMARY:

This game has all the potential to blow up at any given moment after the heat and backlash that followed the previous meeting in late June but Craig Lingard is an intelligent coach who knows how to keep his side away from any possible goading and play acting and not be dragged into a game similar to the previous meeting. York will be on a high after beating the Wolfpack last time around and this should be the game of the weekend in both the League One Super Eights and League One Shield. It’s must not miss Rugby League.

19 Man Squad Announcement – York City Knights

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man to face the York City Knights this Sunday at Cougar Park.

Davey Dixon, selected in the Scotland World Cup provisional squad this morning, is unavailable for selection this Sunday against the Knights and his place in the 19 is taken by Vinny Finigan.

Scott Law, Mike Emmett, Matthew Bailey and Ben Sagar have all shaken off knocks picked up against Doncaster on Sunday and remain in the side for the visit of York.

Josh Lynam is available for selection after being charged with Grade A Punching with the disciplinary hearing set to take place on Tuesday evening.

Brad Nicholson is ruled out through injury whilst Josh Tonks serves the fourth of his fifth game ban.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE YORK:
1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
15 – Neil Cherryholme
17 – Nathan Conroy
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
32 – Adam Ryder
34 – Hamish Barnes
36 – Trae O’Sullivan
37 – Gavin Reed

Titch Signs On For Another Year

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Keighley Cougars are delighted to announce that Ritchie Hawkyard has become the 8th member of the current squad to put pen to paper for 2018.

Arriving ahead of the 2016 season along with brother Darren from the Swinton Lions, ‘Titch’ has cemented his place as first choice full-back as well as a firm fans favourite amongst the Cougars faithful.

Ritchie’s performances have been limited this season due to the horrific facial injury he sustained in Good Friday’s victory over Hunslet but since his return at Workington last month, he has been in explosive form.

To date Hawkyard has made 35 appearances for the club, scoring 21 tries, and was the Cougars top tryscorer last season with 16 tries.

His performances in 2016 also saw Ritchie take both the Supporters’ Player of the Year and Fun Bus Player of the Year awards.

The Cougars will be looking to make further announcements regarding the 2018 squad over the next month.

Josh Lynam Charged By Disciplinary

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The Rugby Football League have this morning issued Josh Lynam with a disciplinary charge.

Lynam has been charged with Grade A Punching following the incident that led to his sin-binning in the 62nd minute in the victory at Doncaster.

Josh has a EGP available to him with the hearing to take place next Tuesday evening.

Lynam is available for selection for Sunday’s visit of the York City Knights.

Reserves Defeated On Return To Action

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Keighley Cougars Reserves 30-42 Halifax RL Reserves by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

COUGARS reserves returned to action after a near two month lay-off with defeat to Halifax in a pulsating game at Cougar Park.

Scott Lindsey’s side broke the deadlock in the 3rd minute when half-back Callum Smithson sidestepped his way through the defensive line to find the line.

Halifax levelled soon after though when Morgan Punchard burst through and drew in the full-back Kieran Smith before getting the offload to Chris Cullimore who dove over underneath the uprights.

Jamie Stringer handed the visitors the lead for the first time on the evening shortly after the quarter of the hour mark as he pounced after Keighley failed to deal with a grubber in-goal.

But this game continued to ebb and flow and the Cougars scored two quick fire tries to re-take the lead.

Liam Darville was first provider as he flicked a Kieran Smith kick on behind him into the arms of debutant centre Jack McMillan who crashed over from close range.

Darville then grabbed a try for himself as he skipped through an attempted tackle to race over.

But the scores would be level at the interval as Punchard opted to kick early in the tackle count and Chester Butler was quickest to score.

After a stuttering start to the second half, the first team to strike were the hosts as veteran winger Vinny Finigan dove in at the corner.

Connor McGrath soon levelled the scores though from a grubber kick and in Halifax’s next attacking set, Will Calcott powered his way through beneath the sticks from close range.

The Cougars soon equalled the scores for the fifth time in the game on the hour mark after a lovely team move was finished by loose forward Bradley Clarkson who was only awarded the try after official Tom Crashley consulted with his touch judges.

But, it would be Martin Gonzalez’s Fax side that went on to win with two further tries, the first from Martyn Reilly who powered his way over a would be tackler to squeeze over.

Aiden Hema then sealed victory for Halifax with a try with two minutes remaining.

Cougars Start The Eights With Victory

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Doncaster RL 24-32 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

COUGARS began their Super Eights campaign in League One with a well-deserved victory to close the gap on Doncaster to three points.

“This victory is massively important as we knew if Doncaster get the victory, the gap goes to seven points and its season over,” said Craig Lingard.

“We had identified that this first game was massive in terms of starting to claw some points back on the top five.

“We know that Doncaster have a big pack and it can be strength but it can also be a weakness and with big men, the lateral movement is pretty poor.

“We knew if we got the quick rucks and our outside backs and hookers came in and scooted we would cause some damage and that’s certainly what we did in the first half.

“It shows the willingness and determination in the side also that we had to play 35 minutes of the second half with just 15 men and we know move onto face York this Sunday.”

Despite a strong Keighley start, Doncaster opened the scoring in the eighth minute as, in their first attacking set, Reece Dean broke through a gap in the line and offloaded to put Ryan Jones in at the corner.

Keighley were quick to take the lead though as Nathan Conroy skipped through and showed great awareness to draw the full back in to set Matthew Bailey free to dive over next to the posts.

Cougars’ next try was through quick play after former Keighley player Charlie Martin failed to contain the returning Scott Law on the floor. Law got the quick play-the-ball to Conroy, who sent Bailey crashing over from close range for his second.

Lingard’s side were the dominant force in the first half, restricting Doncaster to spend the majority of it in their own territory.

The visitors extended their lead as Andy Gabriel showed great strength and awareness to avoid touch and squeeze over.

They boosted it further when Gabriel managed to get the ball free to Adam Ryder and the centre raced 60 metres through to the line.

Doncaster had the final say of the half, however, as Kieran Cross managed to fend off a tackler to touch down as the hooter sounded.

After a tense opening to the second half, the visitors got the all-important first score as Brendon Rawlins avoided a wild dive from Martin before throwing a shimmy and going 40 metres to score a superb solo effort.

The home side added to their tally when, from a scrum given for offside, the Cougars switched off momentarily and Liam Welham took advantage to race round behind the uprights unchallenged.

And Richard Horne’s men got back into the game through great work down the left wing as Sam Doherty got over despite the best efforts of Davey Dixon to deny him.

Josh Lynam, who was making his 100th appearance for Cougars, was sin-binned following the afters that followed Doherty’s try but Keighley kept a shutout in his absence.

They extended their lead following his return as Matty Beharrell took the two points on offer after the Dons were penalised for offside.

Doncaster had the final say as the hooter sounded when Nick Rawsthorne scored after a break but Keighley’s victory puts them right back in the top-five play-off race.

Eights Phase Starts In Donny – Doncaster Preview

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

Date: Sunday 30th July

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

Securing a top eight finish in record breaking fashion has sent the Cougars into the Super Eights on a high after the draw in Workington and the race to close the five point gap on a top five finish starts in South Yorkshire as the boys face 5th placed Doncaster RL in the opening game of the Eights.

LAST TIME OUT:

Doncaster RL secured a 5th placed finish in the regular season with an easy 4-42 win on the road against the University of Gloucestershire All Golds for a third consecutive victory. Sam Doherty and Reece Dean scored two tries each whilst Mark Castle, veteran Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina and Brad England wrapping up the victory in Cheltenham for Richard Horne and his side.

The Cougars ran in 16 tries to equal the club record for a home victory in a 92-6 triumph against Oxford RL. Despite conceding the first try, Hamish Barnes scored a quartet of tries with Ritchie Hawkyard, Brad Nicholson, Harry Aaronson and Josh Lynam all contributing with a brace apiece in the rout with the other four tries coming through Mike Emmett, James Feather, Brendon Rawlins and Adam Ryder.

TEAM NEWS:

Doncaster Head Coach Richard Horne has been left with a selection headache on the back of three consecutive victories with 28 players available for the visit of the Cougars this Sunday afternoon. Horne can boast an injury-free squad which was strenghtened last week by the arrivals of Hull FC’s Nick Rawsthorne and Brandon Westerman, Warrington winger Ryan Jones and France international Hakim Mildoudi.

Craig Lingard will be welcome back Scott Law (Groin) after near to two months on the sidelines through injury but is without Brad Nicholson who is serving his one game suspension for Grade B Punching. Emmerson Whittel (Knee) is too miss the remainder of the season with Aidan Scully (Finger) also injury whilst Sean Kelly is unavailable for selection due to the birth of his son earlier this week.

KEY BATTLE:

Previous meetings between these two sides have seen the Dons bully the Cougars up the middle of the park through the sheer size and power of the pack at their disposal. This means the Cougars will need to recreate the quickness and speed of the ruck and around the play the ball than tore Oxford to shreds a fortnight ago on a much better and bigger pitch available to them at the Keepmoat this Sunday.

THE SQUADS:

DONCASTER: Braham; Carr; Cross; Dean; Doherty; England; Green; Hedges; Jones; Kesik; Martin; Miller; Muranka; Paleaaesina; Rawsthorne; Spiers; Tali; Thackray; Westerman.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barnes; Beharrell; Brook; Cherryholme; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Law; Lynam; O’Sullivan; Rawlins; Reed; Ryder; Sagar.

THE COACHES:

Doncaster RL Head Coach Richard Horne: “Obviously a lot of players are going to be disappointed but my main focus will be picking what I feel is the best team to face Keighley.

“Some people might be unhappy at losing their place to a new player we’ve just brought in who we feel will strengthen the squad and boost our promotion prospects, but that can’t be helped and it’s something all clubs have done

“It’s all down to the players: their attitude and performance are key to them being selected and keeping their places. “All the players have been working hard in training and I know they are looking forward to the start of the 8s and so am I.

“We’ll be playing competitive games every week, whereas in the regular league season just finished there were games against the development sides which we were expected to win. I certainly would have been disappointed had any of them done a job on us because we’d not had the right attitude.

“We know we’ll have to play well in seven games if we want to finish in a top-five play-off spot or challenge for third place and we’ll be doing everything we can this week to make sure the players are in the right frame of mind ahead of Sunday’s game.

“Even though we ended the (regular) season with three successive wins we’ve still had things to work on and hopefully we’ll see the benefits of that this weekend.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “We didn’t play very well at all in the league away and we’ve got something to make up for on that display.

“We wanted to tie their middle up, get a quick ruck and play off the back of that but we didn’t do that. We went wide too early and we didn’t make them work.

“This time we’ve got to look to win that ruck and have people like Nathan Conroy, Ritchie Hawkyard and Harry Aaronson coming in and picking up and scooting. Once we get a roll on, that’s when we can start going wide.

“We’ve identified we are not the biggest group in the league. Everyone else plays very similar in that they get big men down the middle and try to blow you away, and play off the back of that.

“We haven’t quite got those big men and have to use speed and agility and play fast on people. Certainly the last game and a half that’s how we’ve played and the lads have realised that is our strength and that is what we need to keep doing.”

THE REFEREE:

The referee for this Kingstone Press League One Super Eights Round One fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium is Jonathan Roberts from Huddersfield. The game this Sunday afternoon in South Yorkshire will be the second occassion that Roberts has officated the Cougars this season after being the whistle blower for June’s away defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Thunder.

SUMMARY:

This game could swing either way with both sides looking to build on the confidence bred through recent form. Doncaster in the past have bullied the Cougars up the middle but have been playing more expansive rugby since the arrival of Richard Horne whilst the partnership formed between Ritchie Hawkyard and the pivots and halves since his return from injury has completely transformed the Cougars attackings style. It’s must not miss action as the Super Eights get underway.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Doncaster RL

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today named his 19 man squad to face Doncaster RL this Sunday in the Super Eights opener.

Josh Lynam is named and will now make his 100th appearance for the club at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend.

Scott Law (Groin) returns to the side after nearly two months on the sideline through injury with Judge taking the place of Brad Nicholson who is ruled out through suspension for Grade B Punching against Workington Town.

Emmerson Whittel (Knee) has been ruled out for 10-12 months with a tear to his ACL which means his season is now over and he is replaced in the 19 by Neil Cherryholme who missed out against Oxford last time out.

The other change to the squad sees Reserves Captain Gavin Reed, who made the Student World Cup Team of the Tournament through his performances for Scotland, come into the 19 in place of Liam Darville (Back).

Will Milner (Toe) and Aidan Scully (Finger) are still both ruled out through injury whilst Sean Kelly is unavailable for selection after the birth of his son earlier this week.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE DONCASTER:
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
15 – Neil Cherryholme
17 – Nathan Conroy
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
25 – Ben Sagar
32 – Adam Ryder
34 – Hamish Barnes
36 – Trae O’Sullivan
37 – Gavin Reed

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 Doncaster RL in the first round of the 2017 Super Eights as Craig Lingard’s side look to claw back two of the five points on both the Dons and York in the final two play-off places.

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GAME DETAILS:
Doncaster RL v Keighley Cougars
Kingstone Press League One Super Eights Round One
Keepmoat Stadium
Sunday 30th July 2017, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: J Roberts

ADMISSION:
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
£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

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

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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.

WHERE TO DRINK:
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.

WHERE TO PARK:
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.

TRAVEL:

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: DN4 5JW
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.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
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