Kingstone Press Championships previews

Wednesday July 31

Kingstone Press Championship

Leigh Centurions v Halifax (7.30pm)

Sam Hopkins (ankle) is out for Leigh Centurions as they face the second of four matches in 12 days when they host Halifax on Wednesday.

Ben Davies could make his Halifax debut, while Steve Tyrer, Adam Robinson and Ryan Fieldhouse all come into contention for the visitors. The trio missed Sunday’s narrow win over York City Knights, but are fit to face the Centurions.

Halifax coach Karl Harrison is hoping to move into the top two by securing a victory at Leigh Sports Village.

He said: “We were a little bit scratchy at times (against York).

“In rugby league you can’t just turn up and get the three points. You’ve got to earn any win.

“It’s a tough game, and if you turn up with any looseness or an element of softness, you’ll get beat at this level.

“It’s always a big occasion when Halifax turn up at Leigh, and we’ve got a chance of finishing in the top two.

“We need to really focus on ourselves. Sunday was a huge result was for us.”

Sheffield Eagles v Workington Town (Premier Sports 7.30pm)

Cory Aston and Colton Roche are both battling for places in Mark Aston’s side to face Workington Town.

Cory Aston, 18, could make his first league appearance, while Roche narrowly missed out on selection against Keighley Cougars on Friday.

Workington’s Jarrad Stack (new) and Callum Phillips (ribs) both face late fitness tests before Town coach Gary Charlton finalises his team.

Charlton, who has publicly set his side a target of 33 league points in order to secure their survival in the Kingstone Press Championship, was given a major boost with Sunday’s shock win at Batley Bulldogs.

Town are now just one point away from their target, with seven games still to play.

Charlton said: “We have a few knocks and bumps to assess, but I hope we can re-produce the effort we showed against the Bulldogs.”

Kingstone Press Championship One

Gloucestershire All Golds v Hemel Stags (7.30pm)

Gloucestershire All Golds coach Brad Hepi is aiming for a third league win of the season to haul his side within one point of Gateshead Thunder at the foot of the Kingstone Press Championship One table.

Hepi’s men collected a bonus point for their 35-28 defeat against London Skolars on Sunday.

Now Hepi, who will assess his squad’s fitness on Tuesday, is hoping to go one step further in Wednesday’s clash with Hemel Stags.

Stags are at full strength after two weeks off, but coach Troy Perkins is uncertain about his side’s reaction to an extended period without action.

Perkins said: “It’ll work in one of two ways: we’ll either be really fresh after a couple of weeks off, or we might be a bit off the pace. Hopefully it works in a positive way.

“We’ve five games to go and we want to do well in all of them.

“Gloucestershire have put a couple of good wins together and came back late on against the Skolars, so they’ll be full of confidence.

“They’ve managed to add a couple of quality players to their squad and they’re going to be a very tough test, but if we get a result we can move back up to third place. That’s our focus.”

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