Keighley Cougars v Wath Brow Hornets Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
After Sunday’s agonising defeat to Leigh Centurions, the Cougars take a step into the unknown this Saturday when Wath Brow visit in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
Luke Haigh is a doubt for the fixture following leaving the field with concussion on Sunday and will be assessed ahead of the amateur outfits visit.
Haigh’s place could be taken by Paul March, should the Cougars Player-Coach have his four game suspension lifted following an appeal.
Another doubt for the Cougars is Jode Sheriffe, Jode picked up an injury in the Centurions defeat which means the likes of Ross Peltier could have an opportunity on Saturday.
The fixture on Saturday could possibly offer the opportunity for the likes of Sean Kelly and Ben Stead to see some first team action.
The home side however will have to be wary of the threat posed by the Wath Brow Hornets, who have a reputation in this competition.
Wath are still the only amateur outfit to take on Super League opposition in the summer era when they bravely went down 44-18 away at the London Broncos in the 2000 edition of the Challenge Cup.
In the 2003 edition, they giant killed Workington Town in front of a 3,500 crowd in Whitehaven before narrowly losing out at Batley in the following round.
The Hornets have started the new NCL season in blistering form seeing off Cumbrian rivals Egremont Rangers before dismantling Wigan St Patricks on the Lancashire outfit’s own patch.
The danger men for the Cougars to look out for will be the Hornets wingers of try scoring Luke Davidson and goal kicking Scott Pink as well as hard hitting front rower Mathew Huby.
The game will be a 15:00 kick off on Saturday with prices at £10 for Adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for juniors. (Under 17)