Swinton Lions v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in association with A1 Stairlifts.
The road to Wembley is back on the Cougars agenda this Saturday afternoon, as the side travel to Leigh Sports Village for the Challenge Cup Fifth Round tie against the Swinton Lions.
Cougars progressed to this stage for the first time in years with home victories over the Cumbrian duo of Wath Brow Hornets and Barrow Raiders in the previous rounds.
The centre position will pose a question to Paul March as both James Haley (Back) & Daley Williams doubts with Elliot Cosgrove (Fractured Eye Socket) ruled out for the tie. Andy Shickell will miss out again with a stress fracture in his foot.
One player Marchy may be able to call upon this Saturday is club captain James ‘Buster’ Feather who could make his long awaited return from a groin injury sustained against Whitehaven on the season’s opening day.
Another player troubled by a groin injury, James Craven, could also return at LSV on Saturday after pulling out of the Featherstone defeat at a very late stage but he will have a challenge after an impressive performance by replacement Jesse Sheriffe.
Swinton earned their place at this stage with two home victories over Championship One opposition, seeing of Gateshead Thunder before narrowly overcoming York City Knights in Round Four.
Lions Player-Coach Ian Watson will have a changed side for the game with partner club Warrington Wolves reluctant to allow players to feature as it will cup-tie them for future rounds.
Kevin Penny and Gene Ormsby will be the two dropping out of the side that lost to Leigh last weekend, with other regular features for the Lions such as Paul Wood and Anthony England also not available.
The Lions will have Liam Hulme available yet again following the young forward resigning with the club after an unsuccessful trial period with the Widnes Vikings.