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Reserves Fixture Postponed

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This evening’s Reserves Championship fixture between Keighley Cougars and Halifax RL has been postponed.

The decision has been taken following a pitch inspection at Cougar Park this morning in which an RFL match official has deemed the pitch unplayable due to the weather over the past two days.

The club can confirm at this time there is no doubts over the first team game against the Toronto Wolfpack on Sunday.

Announcements in regards to this fixture being re-arranged will be made in due course.

Cougars Fall To Defeat In Barrow Rain

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Barrow Raiders 20-0 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars exited the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with defeat away at League One rivals Barrow Raiders.

The game was played in horrendous conditions with driving rain and blustering winds throughout the evening and there cause wasn’t helped by a penalty count heavily in the Raiders favour.

However, Craig Lingard can be pleased overall with his side’s performance that was a mass improvement from the defeat to the All Golds six days earlier.

“For me, today wasn’t about the result, it was about the performance and the reaction,” said the Head Coach.

“And I’m pleased overall with the performance as I got the reaction I was looking for, especially in the first half when the conditions didn’t really play to our style of Rugby.

“The penalty count was 12-6 against us and we certainly weren’t six penalties worse off than Barrow but it’s something we’ll need to look at and I’ll watch the video to see which penalties were just and which weren’t.

“We as a team talk about repeat sets and one of the patterns you get in Rugby League is a penalty followed by a try and we actually look at the stats on a Tuesday after a game so we won’t be happy that we’ve conceded three tries on the back of penalties.”

The first half produced very little in terms of quality with the game’s first real chance coming after 25 minutes when Harry Aaronson thought he had marked his Cougars debut with a try but his effort was ruled out for a double movement.

Adam Ryder had a glorious opportunity to score from a break but was hauled down by a superb last ditch tackle from Jarrad Stack.

Andy Gabriel then was agonisingly close to touching down a floating kick from Matty Beharrell but was thrown off balance by a Declan Hulme challenge in the air.

Barrow had a chance of their own as Jamie Dallimore sent Ryan Fieldhouse racing through but the veteran full-back spilled the ball on the line.

Defences were on top throughout and it was the first real error which led to the game’s opening try on the hooter.

Nathan Kitson missed a one-on-one tackle on Lewis Charnock and the Raiders scrum-half danced his way through to dive over next to the posts.

The respective defences continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and despite the Cougars losing possession immediately from the restart, the Raiders further three tries all came on the back of penalties.

Charnock forced his way over for his and Barrow’s second shortly after the interval on the back of great work from Stack who had won the ball back from kick off.

Two quick fire tries in the space of four minutes shortly after the hour mark would end any hopes of a Cougars comeback in the Cumbrian rain and mud.

Barrow first worked the ball across to the right flank where Hulme was on hand to throw a superbly timed late offload to Shane Toal who dove over in the corner.

Hulme would then turn from provider to scorer as he darted through to slide over after spotting a gap.

The Cougars best chance off the second half came three minutes from full-time as they pressured the Raiders try line only for a clearly frustrated Mike Emmett to knock-on five metres out.

Familiar Stop On The Wembley Trail – Barrow Preview

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

Date: Saturday 18th March

Time: 6:30pm

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

A shock defeat at the All Golds last Sunday has the Cougars licking their paws and looking to roar back as they travel a regular jaunt north to Barrow to face the Raiders in the Fourth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

LAST TIME OUT:

Despite a tight first half, Barrow blew Coventry away in the second half to record a 14-50 victory in the East Midlands. Luke Cresswell recorded a hat-trick of tries whilst Jarrad Stack grabbed a brace himself. Futher tries from Nathan Mossop, Dan Abram, Declan Hulme and Joe Bullock wrapped up the victory for the Raiders.

The Cougars fell to a shock 46-22 defeat in Cheltenham at the hands of the All Golds. Despite scoring in the opening minute of the game through Adam Ryder, a Josh Tonks try saw the Cougars head into the interval trailing by six. Quick fire tries from James Feather and Will Milner drew Craig Lingard’s side level but the All Golds proved to be the better side on the day scoring four unanswered tries for victory.

TEAM NEWS:

Paul Crarey is still without the injured quartet of Max Wiper, Karl Ashall, Chris Fleming and Matty Holmes who are out through long term injuries sustained during pre-season. Danny Morrow (Shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Cougars whilst Ryan Fieldhouse (Shoulder) is fit and included in the Raiders squad.

Craig Lingard is counting the cost of the opening month of the competitive season with Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) and Scott Law (Hamstring) now being joined on the injury list by Ritchie Hawkyard (Ribs), Nathan Conroy (Ankle) and Callum Dunne (Hip). Brad Nicholson (Illness) and Neil Cherryholme are both unavailable for selection.

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 the case of the irresistible force against the immovable object on Saturday evening.

THE SQUADS:

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

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Kelly; Kitson; Lawton; Lynam; Milner; Rawlins; Ryder; Sagar; Tonks; Welsh.

THE COACHES:

Barrow Raiders Head Coach Paul Crarey: “We gave a solid pretty much error-free performance at Coventry and all the lads did what was expected of them, but then lets not gloss over the fact that there were some errors.

“So, a good trip, with fifty points on the scoreboard after the previous week’s 28 against York. We are scoring well and defending well too.

“And there were no weaknesses of significance, we played across the pitch and were good in the middle. We defended when we had to and pressed the Coventry side hard, and all respect to them.

“The pressure on places in unbelievable and it’s something we haven’t had. Even with a couple of injuries, there is pressure on lads to perform, and in our third year, the atmosphere and the desire of the players makes this a good place to be.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “We’ll certainly have to look at possible changes, there are guys sat on the sidelines who are champing at the bit to try and get in.

“And, as I’ve said to the players, if anyone comes knocking on my door this week asking why they’re not playing then they can watch the 80-minute video of last weekend.

“There’s some guys who have not played for a few weeks, so they’re going to be off the pace.

“But we’ll have to deal with that. We’ve reassessed at training this week and we’ve been able to have a look at our 17 for Barrow.”

THE REFEREE:

This Saturday evenings referee at the J F Hornby Stadium for this Challenge Cup clash is Gareth Hewer from Whitehaven. Hewer is no stranger to either of these sides and has refereed clashes between these two in the past. Hewer also was the man in the middle at Wembley for the final of this competition last season between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

PREDICTION:

Defeat at the All Golds has left Cougars wounded and history tell us this is when they’re at their most dangerous. These two sides are no strangers to each other and the Cougars will have to perform much better than when they met in pre-season, the Raiders are on a high though so this has all the makings of a classic in Cumbria. – COUGARS BY 4.

19 Man Squad Announcement – Barrow Raiders

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has this morning announced his 19 man squad to face Barrow Raiders in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round on Saturday evening.

Following defeat to the All Golds on Sunday, Lingard had made his intentions clear in regards to making changes for Saturday but has had his hand forced in some cases.

Scott Law (Hamstring) and Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) are out through injury once more but have been joined in the physio’s room by a list which has been growing throughout the week.

Nathan Conroy (Ankle) is out with a re-occurence of the injury he sustained pre-season with Ritchie Hawkyard (Ribs) and Callum Dunne (Hip) also ruled out. Brad Nicholson (Illness) is also not available to Linners.

Neil Cherryholme is unavailable for selection and Josh Casey misses out on a place following the conclusion of his four game suspension for a dangerous throw in our pre-season defeat to the Raiders.

Ben Sagar comes into the 19 for the first time this season following a hamstring injury and an operation to remove his appendix whilst there are recalls for Nathan Kitson and Davey Dixon, who served his one match suspension for punching last Sunday against the All Golds.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE BARROW RAIDERS:
1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
4 – Danny Lawton
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Adam Brook
16 – Will Milner
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
20 – Nathan Kitson
23 – Fran Welsh
25 – Ben Sagar
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
32 – Adam Ryder

Travel Pack – Barrow Raiders

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Barrow Raiders Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

With the Cougars licking the wounds from a shock defeat at the hands of the All Golds last Sunday, the Cougars head on the road once more to a ground they know just as well as Cougar Park, the J F Hornby Stadium, to face familiar foes Barrow in the Fourth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

BarrowGAME DETAILS:
Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round
J F Hornby Stadium
Saturday 18th March 2017, Kick Off: 18:30
Referee: Mr G Hewer

 

ADMISSION:
Adults – £15
Concessions – £10
Child under 16 – £5
Child under 5 – Free
Plus £1 Transfer to Grandstand

VENUE:
Craven ParkCraven Park, now the J F Hornby Stadium, was built in 1931, largely as a result of the efforts of supporters of Barrow RLFC, 500 of whom volunteered to construct the ground. The total cost of the building project came to £7,500 which was an unbelievable figure in those days.

The stadium was named after Commander G. W. Craven, a local war hero, who had started the appeal fund with a donation of £500. It should not be confused with Craven Park, or Old Craven Park in Hull, other rugby league venues.

For the visit of Wigan in the 2010 Challenge Cup improvements were made and the capacity is now 7,600 (up from 6,500).

WHERE TO DRINK:
The Raiders Bar is open on match days where the usual alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are available for purchase.

Outside the Raiders Bar there is a catering stall, where you can purchase a selection of hot drinks and foods, burgers, pies, hotdogs, etc.

There is also a shop near to the Willie Horne Stand which sells a selection of drinks, sweets and confectionary and to the right hand side of the Willie Horne Stand there is another catering venue selling hot and cold drinks and hot and cold snacks and confectionary.

WHERE TO PARK:
The Raiders have no parking at the ground but there is plenty of street parking nearby subject to parking regulations and also by the main entrance there is parking available in the grounds of the old factory.

Behind Craven Park is a large retail park with plenty of parking, although you should be wary of parking regulations.

TRAVEL:

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV:LA14 1XP
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (78.5 miles, 1hr 56min)
Turn Right onto the A650.
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A629. (Skipton)
At Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A629. (Skipton)
At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A629. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A65. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A65. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A65. (Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (M6, Kendal)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Brettargh Holt Junction branch left, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
Continue forward onto the A590, Entering Lake District National Park.
At Meathop roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Newby Bridge roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A590. (Barrow, Ulverston)
At Greenodd Roundabout continue forward onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Cross-A-Moor Junction continue forward onto the A590. (Barrow)
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590.
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590.
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow)
Turn left onto Duke Street.
Turn right onto Anson Street.
Turn left onto Willie Horne Way.
Arrive on Willie Horne Way.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TRAIN: 09:07 from Keighley, arriving in Lancaster at 10:38.
TRAIN: 11:32 from Lancaster, arriving in Barrow-In-Furness at 12:36.
TRAIN: 18:03 from Barrow-In-Furness, arriving in Carnforth at 18:53.
TRAIN: 19:34 from Carnforth, arriving in Keighley at 20:49.

Reserves To Face Scotland Students

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Keighley Cougars Reserves are to face Scotland Students in a warm-up game.

The Students, coached by Cougars Assistant Coach Nathan Graham, will face the reserves during their preparations for this summer’s Student World Cup.

Scotland will include Cougars reserves Luke Walters and Gavin Reed in their side and are the second of the student national sides following England to agree to face the reserves during the build-up to July’s tournament.

The game will take place at Cougar Park on Saturday 6th May with a 2pm KO.

 

Emmerson Whittel Suspended

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Keighley Cougars can this evening confirm Emmerson Whittel has been handed a one game suspension.

Emmerson pleaded not guilty to a Grade C running in and punching charge, however, he did plead guilty to a lesser charge in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup game against Fryston Warriors.
The tribunal downgraded to a Grade B and the player received a one match ban and £75 fine which has been suspended for three months.

Cougars Not At The Races In Shock Defeat

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All Golds 46-22 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

THE Cougars were left stunned after a poor performance led to a shock defeat at the hands of Gloucestershire All Golds.

It appeared to be business as usual when Andy Gabriel palmed Matty Beharrell’s kick out of the air for Adam Ryder to score in the first minute – but it would prove anything but for Craig Lingard’s side.

“To say it was very disappointing would be an understatement,” Lingard said.

“The way we’ve conducted ourselves in training and in games belie the way we’ve played today and as a coaching staff we have got together and scratched our heads wondering where that performance has come from.

“We’ve shown the lads clips of Gloucester’s middles and there dangers so they were under no illusions to what we were facing but they bullied us up the middle and we knew that’s the way they would come and unfortunately our middles didn’t stand up to their middles.

“What we’ve instilled in the players and what the players have brought to the table since the competitive season began means this was a very un-Keighley like performance.”

The All Golds took the lead when, after Harry Kidd was held up, Ritchie Hawkyard struggled with a grubber kick and Steve Parry pounced.

They extended their lead on the quarter-hour mark as, after coming close on the previous two tackles, the ball was worked to Mo Agoro, who dove in at the corner.

Keighley drew level as a Beharrell kick was plucked out of the air by Gabriel to provide the assist, this time for Josh Tonks to race over.

They fell behind once more with the final score of the half as Jack Mitchell touched down a Parry grubber, despite appearing to spill the ball on grounding.

The first period ended in bizarre circumstances as the Cougars broke and as Ryder offloaded to Beharrell, the referee adjudged the pass forward, much to the bemusement of supporters from both sides.

The visitors were punished when Lawton came up with an unnecessary offload and Harrison Elliott picked up the loose ball and marauded through from 60 metres.

The Cougars showed a spark and got back to within a converted try when, on the back of a penalty, James Feather forced his way over from the play-the-ball.

They then drew level when Will Milner spotted a gap in the defensive line and weaved through to touch down, with Lawton adding the extras.

Lingard’s men were proving to be their own worst enemy as they failed to deal with a Mitchell kick and the home side kept the ball alive and worked it to Agoro to seal his brace.

Agoro was proving to be a real thorn in the Cougars’ side and he punished them as the defence fell asleep, racing through unchallenged to go under the uprights again.

The result was no longer in doubt as Agoro completed his hat-trick, with Parry then successfully catching and scoring his own chip over the top.

There was still time for more points as Danny Fallon converted a penalty from in front of the uprights just seconds after missing another two point attempt from near to the touchline

Agoro showed great athleticism to grab his fourth try of the game in the final minute though as he managed to squirm past Gabriel.

Cougars Off To The Races For Cheltenham Battle – All Golds Preview

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Gloucestershire All Golds v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 12th March

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham

Cougars opened the new League One campaign with a comprehensive victory over the North Wales Crusaders last Sunday and now head south to face the All Golds as they look to keep neck and neck with Toronto at the front of the chase on Cheltenham Festival week.

LAST TIME OUT:

All Golds opened the new League One season with a narrow 10-6 defeat at Hunslet. In awful conditions at the South Leeds Stadium, with Jordan Andrade scoring the try which led to Gloucestershire’s only points on the afternoon with Cougars academy product Ben Stead adding the extras with the boot.

The Cougars got off to a flying start in the new League One campaign as they recorded a 50-8 victory over the North Wales Crusaders at Cougar Park. Andy Gabriel, Adam Ryder and Matty Beharrell all helped themselves to a brace of tries each with Josh Tonks, Vinny Finigan and Danny Lawton also crossing to complete the scoring.

TEAM NEWS:

Former Cougar Ben Stead will miss out on Sunday following sustaining a serious knee injury in the defeat at Hunslet. Alex Gaskell, Phil Cowburn and Chris Barlow all return to the squad following illness whilst there is no place for the All Golds big off-season recruit from the Salford Red Devils, Jordan Andrade.

Craig Lingard has lost Scott Law (Hamstring) in training with his place in the 19 man squad being taken by Adam Brook. Judge joins Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) and Ben Sagar (Appendix) on the sidelines with James Brown back with parent club Batley for their game with Bradford which sees Sean Kelly return to the side. Ritchie Hawkyard is in line to make his 200th career appearance whilst both Davey Dixon and Josh Casey are suspended.

KEY BATTLE:

In their Captain, Welsh international Steve Parry, the All Golds have one of League One’s stand out performers from the hooker position. His opposite number and fellow skipper James Feather will pose one of Parry’s toughest and most determined opponents this season and it will be a fierce battle between the two in Cheltenham.

THE SQUADS:

ALL GOLDS: Agoro; Barlow; Brickhill; Carter; Cowburn; Elliott; Fallon; Gaskell; Hyde; Kidd; Kislingbury; Lloyd-Jones; McClean; Mitchell; Parry; Purslow; Walter; Williams; Worrall.

COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Beharrell; Brook; Conroy; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Kelly; Lawton; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Tonks; Welsh.

THE COACHES:

All Golds Head Coach Lee Greenwood: “Keighley had a good win last weekend and will come down full of confidence.

“Against North Wales they started really well and everything they tried seemed to come off for them, so we know we’ll need to be focused from the off.

“Physically we look strong and fit and there’s a different mentality in this squad to in previous season and we want to make sure we keep standard high.

“We don’t want to just be competing with the best sides in this division anymore, we want to beating them.

“We’re confident now though that we don’t need to worry too much about the opposition.”

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “Regardless of who we’re playing, we need to keep our standards the same.

“They look a big, aggressive unit. They carried hard and strong last week and I would imagine they will try to do the same against us.

“Defensively, we’re going to have to muscle up. Against the Crusaders, defensively we were good for the majority of the game although I wasn’t pleased with some of the tries we conceded.

“Luckily, they played North Wales the week before us, so when we were reviewing North Wales we got a chance to look at them as well.”

THE REFEREE:

This Sunday’s referee at the Prince of Wales Stadium for this Kingstone Press League One Round Two fixture is Marcus Griffiths from Widnes. This will be Griffiths first appointment as the man in the middle for a Cougars fixture after previously serving as both a linesman and reserve official in matches featuring Keighley.

PREDICTION:

Fixtures between these two in the past have been fiery encounters which have to date produced seven sin binnings and two dismissals in the four previous meetings. Sunday should be a game more focused on the talents and abilities and one you’d fancy Craig Lingard’s side in given their red hot form to begin the new competitive season, however Lee Greenwood’s side are anything but pushovers. – COUGARS BY 18.

Travel Pack – All Golds

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University of Gloucestershire All Golds Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

This coming Sunday, the Cougars head onto the road for the first time in the new Kingstone Press League One campaign as they look to back up the impressive victory over the North Wales Crusaders in Cheltenham against the All Golds.

GAME DETAILS:
University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Keighley Cougars
Kingstone Press League One Round Two
Prince of Wales Stadium
Sunday 12th March 2017, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Marcus Griffiths

 

 

ADMISSION:
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Adult – £10
Concession – £10
Junior – £1

VENUE:
The All Golds play their home games out of the Prince of Wales Stadium which is located at the University of Gloucestershire campus in Cheltenham.

The Prince of Wales Sports Stadium is considered one of the best university sports stadiums in the county and boasts a 400m running track, javelin run up, long and triple jump, hammer throw, shot put, pole vault and practice pitches, to name a few.

This popular sports venue is regularly used from all sporting events from school sports days to charity runs, and with a 490-seated spectators’ area, there is something for everyone. The 400 metre track is 6 lanes with a 8 lane 100 metre straight.

The main pitch in which the Cougars will be playing on Sunday and has an underground irrigation system and is regularly maintained. There is disabled access to the track via the stadium car park.

Opened in 1981, a cricket match between Australia and Gloucestershire was played as part of its opening. In September 1981, Cheltenham Tigers rugby union club moved to the stadium and they played a match against Harlequins to celebrate the occasion.

The track was reopened on the 2nd October 1999 after the track surface had been resurfaced with Polytan PUR at a cost of £185,000.

WHERE TO DRINK:
For supporters on matchday, there is a bar on site at the Prince of Wales Stadium which is easily accessible and offers a variety of beer and cider. There is also the 1908 suite at the stadium for those who enjoy the executive experience.

WHERE TO PARK:
There is parking available on site at the Prince of Wales Stadium, there is a limited number of disabled parking and access to the ground can be gained through the running track via the car park.

TRAVEL:

BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: GL50 4RN

SUGGESTED ROUTE: (186 miles, 3hr 33 min)
Head east on Royd Ings Ave toward Alston Rd.
Turn right onto Alston Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Hardings 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 1st exit onto Skipton Rd/A6068. Go through one roundabout.
Turn right onto Keighley Rd/A6068. Continue to follow A6068.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Windsor St/A6068. Continue to follow A6068.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Vivary Way/A6068.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto M65 heading to Nelson/Burnley/Preston/Manchester/M66.
At junction 1, exit onto M6 towards M58/Birmingham/L’pool.
Use the left 2 lanes to take the M6 exit towards Birmingham/M5.
Continue onto M6.
At junction 8, Use the left 2 lanes to take the M5 exit to Birmingham (W & S)/West Bromwich.
Continue onto M5.
At junction 10, exit onto Writhy Bridge/A4019 towards Cheltenham.
Merge onto Writhy Bridge/A4019. Continue to follow A4019.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kingsditch Ln.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Swindon Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Swindon Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto St Paul’s Rd.
Turn left onto Folly Ln.
Continue onto Tommy Taylors Ln.
Destination will be on your left.

SUPPORTERS TRAVEL:
There is limited space available on a supporters mini-bus running to Cheltenham this Sunday, contact Wendy Holder ASAP to secure your seat. The price will range between £12 and £15 depending on the number of supporters who travel.

TRAIN:
TRAIN: 09:26 from Keighley, arriving in Leeds at 09:54
TRAIN: 11:00 from Leeds, arriving in Cheltenham Spa at 13:51
BUS (D): 14:01 from Cheltenham Spa Rail Station, arriving at Clarence Street (Stop B) at 14:10.
BUS (B): 14:17 from High Street (Stop 13), arriving at Recreation Centre at 14:23.
BUS (D): 18:23 from High Street (Stop 13), arriving at Cheltenham Spa Rail Station at 18:32.
TRAIN: 19:10 from Cheltenham Spa, arriving in Leeds at 22:04
TRAIN: 22:20 from Leeds, arriving in Keighley at 22:44

19 Man Squad Announcement – All Golds

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to travel to Cheltenham this Sunday.

Davey Dixon is unavailable for inclusion for Sunday’s game against the All Golds has he serves his one match suspension following been found guilty of Grade A Punching on Tuesday by the RFL.

James Brown also drops out of the 19 as his parent club Batley have made him unavailable as they travel to Bradford in the Championship.

This means Sean Kelly returns to the 19 man squad after missing out last weekend against the North Wales Crusaders and there is also a first inclusion for young full-back Harry Aaronson.

Josh Casey serves the final game of his four match suspension whilst Adam Brook (Rib) and Ben Sagar (Hamstring) both edge ever nearer to returning to full fitness.

Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) remains Linners only long term injury worry.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE ALL GOLDS:
1 – Harry Aaronson
2 – Andy Gabriel
4 – Danny Lawton
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
16 – Will Milner
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
23 – Fran Welsh
26 – Vinny Finigan
27 – Sean Kelly
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder

Nicholson Extends Deal As Hesketh Departs

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Keighley Cougars can today confirm Brad Nicholson has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Nicholson joined the Cougars from Doncaster in the off-season and has impressed in pre-season with his hard running and quick feet from the Prop position.

‘Nicho’ has been an ever present for Craig Lingard’s side so far this season appearing off the bench against Doncaster and Fryston before starting in Sunday’s win over the North Wales Crusaders.

Brad becomes the sixth player following Adam Ryder, Matty Beharrell, Mike Emmett, Josh Tonks and Josh Lynam to sign on for the 2018 season.

The club can also confirm Sean Hesketh has been released from his contract to join Hunslet RL.

Paddy re-joined the club from the Batley Bulldogs in late September but has now been released from his contract for personal reasons and has now joined the South Leeds outfit.

Keighley Cougars would like to wish Hesketh all the best in his future endeavours.

Challenge Cup Tie Disciplinary Charges

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The Rugby Football League have this evening held the individual player disciplinary hearing into our Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Fryston Warriors.

The following players have been charged and issued with the following punishments by the Rugby Football League:

KEIGHLEY COUGARS:
Davey Dixon – Grade A Punching – Guilty Plea – One Match Suspension & £75 fine
Emmersoon Whittel – Grade C Running In & Punching – Adjourned until next Tuesday at Emmerson’s request

FRYSTON WARRIORS:
Adam Rothwell – Grade A Punching – Early Guilty Plea – No Suspension
Jack Lee – Grade B Entering The Field Of Play Without Permission – Early Guilty Plea – One Match Suspension
Craig Jones – Grade B Running In & Punching – Early Guilty Plea – One Match Suspension
Ben Strong – Grade C Running In & Punching – Early Guilty Plea – Two Match Suspension
Andy Speake – Grade D Running In & Punching – Guilty Plea – Four Match Suspension

Sean Gee pleaed guilty to Grade F Running In & Punching and has been banned from Rugby League at all levels until May 2nd.

Steve Scott pleaded guilty to Grade F Running In & Punching and Grade F Kicking and has been banned from Rugby League at all levels until June 30th.

The club can confirm that the investigation into the off-field actions of the Fryston Warriors and the ear bite on Josh Lynam is still ongoing and no futher comment will be made until the Rugby Football League has concluded its investigation and submitted a full conclusive report.

Emmerson Whittel Crowned Player Of The Month

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Keighley Cougars can this evening unveil the A1 Stairlifts Player of the Month for February.

After 48 hours of voting on Facebook and Twitter towards the end of last week, Emmerson Whittel has been awarded the February accolade.

Whittel won by a large landside finishing well clear of 2nd placed Josh Tonks and 3rd placed Adam Ryder.

Emmerson marked his debut against Doncaster in the League One Cup by scoring the last minute try to seal victory before putting in a solid shift against Fryston before sustaining a broken jaw during the unsavoury scenes which marred the game.

The club would like to offer our congratulations to Emmerson for winning the accolade and we are looking forward to his return to the field.

Cougars Blow Crusaders Away On Opening Day

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Keighley Cougars 50-8 North Wales Crusaders Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

KEIGHLEY Cougars opened their Kingstone Press League One campaign with a comprehensive 50-8 victory over the North Wales Crusaders.

A blistering first half display saw Craig Lingard’s side run in seven unanswered tries to set the platform for the afternoon.

Speaking post-match, Lingard said: “It was certainly a pleasing result, we talked about standards in the first half all week in the build-up after the Fryston game.

“We started well and we reached the standards we had set ourselves and in the first half it set us in good stead for the rest of the game.

“I’m not particularly pleased with our second half performance but we knew North Wales would come at us because they couldn’t really play much worse than what they had in the first half.

“Scott Law’s efforts in his first spell really laid the foundations for today’s performance as he bullied North Wales through the middle of the park. I also thought Matty Beharrell’s performance was outstanding and Danny Lawton had a good game in the right centre.

“Overall though today, it was a good and pleasing performance and to put 50 points on the board in the first league game lays a marker but more importantly it means we have two points on the board.”

Despite Cougars not touching the ball in the opening two minutes, Andy Gabriel intercepted a wild offload and raced 90 metres to score and from there his side never looked back.

Gabriel was over in the corner for his second shortly after after the North Wales defence had held Josh Tonks up over the line.

The lead was extended as Adam Ryder powered his way over from ten metres after using his head as a battering ram to knock Crusaders defenders away.

The game then turned into the Matty Beharrell show as the Cougars stand-off had a scintillating five-minute spell in which he ran rings round the visitors.

First he dived underneath the uprights after great work from Ritchie Hawkyard to break through the line and run half the length of the field.

Beharrell extended the lead to 26 points as he sold a great dummy to an onrushing tackler before sidestepping around him and scoring a fine try.

It was turning into a long afternoon for Mike Grady’s side and it seemed to be getting longer when Ryder broke down the left flank and offloaded inside to the supporting Tonks who couldn’t be stopped.

Despite taking a kick to the shin in the process of scoring his second, Beharrell reached the peak of his powers once more as he aimed a cross field kick to Vinny Finigan who picked it out of the air before touching down.

The heavy pitch was taking a lot out of the players in the second half as the scoring slowed.

Cougars did get the scoreboard moving again when the ball was worked across the right channel to Danny Lawton who made no mistake. It was a try similar to the one he scored in the previous game.

North Wales did get some points on the board as the Cougars defence switched off twice to allow Earl Hurst and Tommy Johnson to score.

The final say went to Lingard’s side. Ryder powered over once more to take the Cougars tally to the half-century.

League One Campaign Gets Underway – North Wales Preview

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Keighley Cougars v North Wales Crusaders Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)

Date: Sunday 5th March

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley

Following the incident packed victory at Fryston in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, the Cougars return to home comforts as North Wales Crusaders visit for the opening round of the new Kingstone Press League One campaign.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Cougars progressed in the Challenge Cup with a 32-50 victory away at the Fryston Warriors. Sean Kelly grabbed a second-half brace with further tries on the afternoon coming through James Feather, Josh Tonks, Danny Lawton, Adam Ryder, Brendon Rawlins, Andy Gabriel and Ritchie Hawkyard. Davey Dixon was sin-binned and Emmerson Whittel dismissed following an ugly brawl.

North Wales exited the competition at the Third Round stage as they fell to a 36-18 away from home at the hands of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds. The Crusaders had a horrendous first half hour of the game and fell 24-0 behind and despite tries from Earl Hurst and Callum Mulkeen either side of a James Dandy brace, they never got back into the game as the All Golds knocked them out of the cup at this stage for the second consecutive season.

TEAM NEWS:

Craig Lingard welcomes Nathan Conroy (Ankle) and Matthew Bailey (Calf) back into the first team with both out of action since the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy victory over Bradford. Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) joins Ben Sagar (Hamstring) and Adam Brook (Rib) on the physio’s table whilst James Brown comes into the 19 on dual registration from the Batley Bulldogs.

Ryan Millington drops out of Mike Grady’s side with a bicep injury sustained in last weekend’s defeat to the All Golds. Andy Unsworth returns following injury whilst this week comes too soon for Josh Simm. Otherwise, the Crusaders head to West Yorkshire near unchanged from last Sunday.

KEY BATTLE:

In James Dandy the Crusaders have one of this division’s most versatile players who will have a taste for success after helping Rochdale earn promotion as Champions from League One last season. Mike Grady has been using Dandy as a second-row forward this season as an experienced head next to Widnes youngster Jack Houghton and should provide a different kind of test for Josh Lynam and Josh Tonks this Sunday.

THE SQUADS:

COUGARS: Bailey; Beharrell; Brown; Conroy; Dixon; Emmett; Feather; Finigan; Gabriel; Hawkyard; Law; Lawton; Lynam; Milner; Nicholson; Rawlins; Ryder; Tonks; Welsh.

CRUSADERS: Baker; Bloomfield; Cookson; Dandy; Davidson; Hansen; Houghton; Hudson; Hurst; Johnson; Joy; Lee; Moore; Mulkeen; Price; Smith; Unsworth; Walker; Warburton.

THE COACHES:

Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “It is really important that we calm down from what happened last week.

“It’s massively important we get off to a good start. After North Wales at home we’ve got Gloucester away and if we want to achieve anything this year, we have got to get two wins on the board.

“We’ve then got Toronto at home which is a step into the unknown. If you win your first two games you are riding the crest of a wave and anything can happen – and then we’ve got Hemel Stags after that.

“They play some good rugby and if we let them get on a roll they’ll cause a bit of trouble.”

North Wales Crusaders Head Coach Mike Grady: “They’ve got a new coach and have made some good signings.

“They will want to make a good start and show that they can be pushing at the top end of the table this season.

“We’ll have a few back and available for selection. Josh Simm and Andy Unsworth are both back in training.

“However, Ryan Millington is likely to miss the game due to a bicep injury. Aside from that we’re in the same situation as last week with regards to players out.”

THE REFEREE:

This Sunday’s referee at Cougar Park for the opening Kingstone Press League One game off the season between the Cougars and Crusaders is Nick Bennett from Sheffield. Bennett has thrived as a match official at amateur level and was awarded the 2015 NCL Grand Final for his performances. Sunday will mark his first appointment as the whistle blower for a Cougars fixture.

PREDICTION:

Fixtures between these two in the past have been close fought games with very little in them and the Cougars come into this one looking to banish the shadow of the disgraceful scenes at Fryston whilst the Crusaders will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Gloucester last time out. It has all the makings of a great game of Rubgy League. – COUGARS BY 10.

19 Man Squad Announcement – North Wales Crusaders

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Head Coach Craig Lingard has today announced his 19 man squad to face the North Wales Crusaders.

Emmerson Whittel (Jaw) is ruled out for three months following the ugly scenes which marred last week’s game against Fryston and joins fellow second-row Ben Sagar (Hamstring) on the sidelines.

With both Emmerson and Ben out injured this means Josh Lynam and Josh Tonks are the only two available back rowers to Linners with the Head Coach opting to bring James Brown in from Batley on dual-registration terms.

Nathan Conroy (Ankle) comes in line for his competitive debut following a six week injury lay-off after the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy victory over the Bradford Bulls.

Reigning Player of the Year Matthew Bailey also comes into contention for his first appearance of the season following a calf problem.

Vinny Finigan is also brought into the side after impressing for the reserves against Halifax last week with a brace of tries and a strong overall performance.

Aside from Emmerson, Adam Brook (Ribs) is the only other major injury concern for Lingard heading into the new Kingstone Press League One campaign.

Sean Kelly, Neil Cherryholme and Nathan Kitson all drop out of the 19 man squad.

19 MAN SQUAD TO FACE NORTH WALES:
2 – Andy Gabriel
4 – Danny Lawton
5 – Davey Dixon
7 – Matty Beharrell
8 – Scott Law
9 – James Feather
11 – Josh Lynam
12 – Brendon Rawlins
13 – Mike Emmett
16 – Will Milner
17 – Nathan Conroy
18 – Josh Tonks
19 – Matthew Bailey
22 – Ritchie Hawkyard
23 – Fran Welsh
26 – Vinny Finigan
29 – Brad Nicholson
32 – Adam Ryder
DR – James Brown

Cougars Enter Into Dual Registration With Batley

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Keighley Cougars can today announce the club has entered into a dual-registration agreement with the Batley Bulldogs.

Following the appointment of Batley legend Craig Lingard as Cougars Head Coach in late September, the relationship between the two clubs is stronger than ever.

This has been shown by the agreement of two pre-season friendlies between the clubs, the first being won by Batley in mid-January, and now the decision to enter into dual-registration partnership.

By entering into this partnership, it allows Keighley Cougars as a club to bring in cover for positions should we need without the costs incurred by the method of loaning players from clubs.

Lingard has stated in the past that neither he nor the club would use the system at the expense of another player within the club and that Batley players will only be used as cover for positions in which the club is left short due to injury and/or suspension.

Keighley Cougars as a club are looking forward to our new partnership with the Batley Bulldogs and are delighted to be working alongside them.

Barrow Cup Ties Details Confirmed

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Keighley Cougars can today announce the details for both forthcoming cup ties against the Barrow Raiders.

The Cougars have been drawn away at the Raiders in both the Fourth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and the Quarter Finals of the League One Cup.

The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie will take place on Saturday 18th March with a 18:30 kick off.

The League One Cup Quarter Finals tie will take place on Sunday 2nd April with a 14:00 kick off.

Both ties will be at the Raiders home of the J F Hornby Stadium and admission details for both these ties will be confirmed in due course.

Club Statement – Emmerson Whittel

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Keighley Cougars are this evening making the following statement in regards to Emmerson Whittel.

As you are all now fully aware, Emmerson sustained a broken jaw in Saturday’s Challenge Cup tie against Fryston Warriors and is out of action for 12 weeks whilst been unable to speak or eat for 6-8 weeks.

We have today discovered that Emmerson will require surgery to re-align and repair his broken jaw and Keighley Cougars would like to wish Emmerson a successful operation and a speedy recovery.

Unfortunately this means as Emmerson is currently a student at the University of Huddersfield, being unable to play Rugby League for the Cougars means he has now lost his only real source of income.

Therefore, the club has today made the decision to raise funds for Emmerson in order to allow him to continue living off the field during his absence on it and this will begin with a bucket collection this Sunday at Cougar Park against the North Wales Crusaders.

In the meantime, we will continue to help the RFL with their ongoing investigation into the unsavoury scenes on Saturday whilst aiding and supporting Emmerson in his recovery.

Cougars Off To Cumbria Yet Again

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This evening has seen the draw for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round take place in Plymouth.

Following Saturday’s incident filled 32-50 victory away at the Fryston Warriors, the Cougars will be on the road once again in the Fourth Round as we face League One rivals Barrow Raiders.

The draw means the Cougars will travel to the J F Hornby Stadium either side of our League One fixture against the Toronto Wolfpack as we will also travel to Barrow on the 2nd April in the Quarter Finals of the League One Cup.

This Challenge Cup tie will take place on Sunday 19th March with the kick off time and admission details to be confirmed in due course.

Elsewhere in the draw, Haydock the only remaining amateur side in the competition head to Championship side Oldham whilst Toronto head to the London Broncos.

Local rivals Bradford and Halifax will host Featherstone and Hunslet respectively.

LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP FOURTH ROUND DRAW:
Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars
Bradford Bulls v Featherstone Rovers
Dewsbury Rams v Newcastle Thunder
Halifax RL v Hunslet RL
Hull Kingston Rovers v Sheffield Eagles
London Broncos v Toronto Wolfpack
Oldham Roughyeds v Haydock
Swinton Lions v London Skolars
Toulouse Olympique v Batley Bulldogs
University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Doncaster RL
Whitehaven v Oxford RL
York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets

Club Statement – Fryston Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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