Keighley Cougars v Halifax RL Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in association with A1 Stairlifts.
After a fifth consecutive victory, the Cougars head into this Sunday’s derby against Halifax in a buoyant mood and looking to make it six in a row.
Performance Director Paul Royston takes the side into the Fax fixture still sweating over the fitness of three of the Cougars key players.
Ash Lindsay (Leg) missed out against Barrow, whilst Andy Shickell (Calf) failed a late fitness test and James Craven (Groin) pulled up with six minutes remaining last Sunday.
Should these three miss out come Sunday, it gives the likes of Ben Sagar and Neil Cherryholme to retain their places in the side and also presents an opportunity for Jesse Sheriffe to come back into the seventeen.
Speaking ahead of the game, Player-Coach Paul March told the media: “It’s the first time in five or six years the club has managed to put a run together like that. This is our local derby, and these games have been close over the past few years and will be close again.”
The game will also prove huge off the field for the club with a large media presence due to attend with an attendance of 2,000 looking a strong possibility with the game being the Cougars last before the Cup game away at Widnes.
For the visitors this weekend, Halifax RL, the short trip to Cougar Park comes on the back off a hugely disappointing 20-18 defeat at Dewsbury last time out.
Karl Harrison, quickly becoming more under pressure with the supporters, will still have a strong side to show at Cougar Park which includes former England international winger Peter Fox, who joined from Wakefield last week.