Workington Town v Keighley Cougars Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Following a convincing victory over the Wath Brow Hornets in the Cup, Keighley Cougars return to league action this weekend with a trip to Workington Town.
No new injury concerns following the Hornets clash means Player-Coach Paul March could name an unchanged for a third straight game.
March, serving the third game of his suspension, could have Elliot Cosgrove to call upon once again though after the centre missed the last two through injury.
Ross Peltier, who has not featured since the Doncaster defeat, will be pushing for a place back in the seventeen along with Cosgrove but there will be no James Feather, still out with a groin injury.
Speaking ahead of the long trip north, March said: “It was a very professional display against Wath Brow, we scored some good tries and kept them scoreless, which I’m delighted with. We defended very strongly at times.”
Cougars don’t have the best of records at Derwent Park in recent years, something which will be made harder overcome as Town coach Phil Veivers takes his first home game in charge.
Since replacing Gary Charlton over a fortnight ago, Veivers has seen Workington narrowly overcome Barrow in the league and defeat a very spirited Normanton side in the Cup.
Veivers will be hoping to make it three wins from three in charge of the club but will be missing influential second rower Karl Olstrum who was suspended for two game this week.
The Workington coach will also have four players from partner club Wigan to choose from as the club currently have Lewis Tierney, son of Jason Robinson, Robert Lever and Jack Murphy on loan with Sam Hopkins on dual registration terms.
So, it is all set up to be a cracking fixture between Workington and Keighley up at Derwent Park this Sunday with both sides looking for another three points in the quest to make the nine come September.