The All Golds travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday for their Challenge Cup fourth round tie with Doncaster.
By Jack Conlon.
The visitors are boosted this week by the return of prop Jordan Andrade, who missed last week’s win against Keighley through illness. He replaces Danny Fallon in the squad, while Luke Stephens also comes into the 19 in place of Malakhi Lloyd-Jones who pulled out of last week’s game, also through illness.
The Golden Fern go into the game on the back of one of the club’s greatest ever victories, after beating Keighley 46-22 at the Prince of Wales stadium last weekend. The Cougars are one of the promotion favourites this season and while many were shocked at the upset, All Golds coach Lee Greenwood said he was confident that his players could get the result: “Although the result to many was a shock, we prepare the team well and know that if we give it our best and do what we’ve practised and what we’ve spoken about, we’re more than capable of beating these teams.
“Obviously the actual score line by the end of it was a little surprising but we finished really strongly and if the game had of gone on for another 10-15 minutes then I think we would have put some more scores on as well. We know that now if we put ourselves in a position with about 10 minutes to go, where it’s tight and the game’s in the balance then we’ll back ourselves to go win it.
“Doncaster are another northern team, and I think they all look very similar standard wise this year, just all with different threats within there. We knew Keighley’s threats last week and I thought we dealt with them superbly. Doncaster offer a slightly different threat and if we can counteract that with what we’ve put in place this week then we should stand a good chance of winning the game. We’ll certainly go into tomorrow with confidence.”
The home side have won three out of their four competitive matches so far this year, with their only loss coming against Keighley in the League 1 Cup. They’ve looked strong in recent weeks, with convincing league victories coming over North Wales Crusaders and Coventry. They come into the game without Jordan Howden, Jason Tali and Tom Carr, after the trio all picked up injuries last week. However, forwards Zac Braham and Makali Aizue return to their squad.
Squad for Sunday: Mo Agoro, Jordan Andrade, Chris Barlow, Billy Brickhill, Errol Carter, Phil Cowburn, Harrison Elliott, Alex Gaskell, Kieran Hyde, Harry Kidd, Brad Kislingbury, Joe McClean, Jack Mitchell, Steve Parry, Ollie Purslow, Luke Stephens, James Walter, Kadeem Williams, Chris Worrall.
Doncaster Squad: Makali Aizue, Richie Barnett, Zac Braham, Mark Castle, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Chris Heil, Kyle Kesik, Charlie Martin, Jack Miller, Jason Muranka, Feka Paleaaesina, Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Louis Sheriff, Jamie Thackray, Liam Welham, Ryan Wright.
Sunday March 19, kick-off 3pm.
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