The All Golds play their last game of the season on Sunday when they host Hemel Stags at the Prince of Wales stadium.
It will be Lee Greenwood’s last game in charge of the Golden Fern as he bows out after three seasons in charge and the head coach says he’s desperate to end his tenure with a win. He said: “It will be sad to say goodbye to so many great people I’ve worked with with these last three years, the players and staff have all played a big part in our success. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, we’ve had some great wins against some big sides. This season has been an enjoyable one, we’ve won more games than ever before and we want to add to that tally on Sunday.
“It will be really nice for myself and the players if we can get the win against Hemel. It’s been a long season and we’ve had some great performances along the way, hopefully there’s one more coming on Sunday. Hemel are much improved from earlier in the season so we know what to expect. They’ll be wanting to end their season with a win as well so it’s important we show the necessary enthusiasm and attitude.
“I’m not too fussed on the performance it’s just about getting that win. We had a close game down in Hemel a few months back, we’re aware of their strengths so it’s important we work hard to nullify them. Whatever happens on Sunday I’m proud of what I’ve achieved here. We’ve got a lot of players who are based in the area and a young, hungry squad who want to go places in the game. We’ll have a good couple of training sessions before Sunday and hopefully get the win to end what has been a good season.”
19 man squad:
Mo Agoro, Chris Barlow, Billy Brickhill, Errol Carter, Phil Cowburn, Harrison Elliott, Danny Fallon, Alex Gaskell, Richard Jones, Harry Kidd, Brad Kislingbury, Malikhi Lloyd-Jones, Joe McClean, Jack Mitchell, Steve Parry, Ben Stead, Luke Stephens, James Walter, Kadeem Williams.
The Golden Fern began their 2017 season with a game against Hemel. That 48-12 win in the League 1 Cup set the tone for some early season success with wins against North Wales Crusaders, Keighley and Workington giving the club a platform to build on. A place inside the top eight proved a step too far but the 2017 season has been the most successful one to date for the All Golds. The two teams last met on a blisteringly hot day in June when the All Golds showed great heart to come back from 16-8 down to win 32-20.
After a poor 2016 season Hemel made the radical step of basing themselves up in Yorkshire. Unfortunately for the Stags this decision didn’t improve their fortunes and they’ve spent the 2017 season battling it out with South Wales and Coventry at the bottom of League 1. Their performances have improved as the season has gone on though, so the home side know they’ll need to be at their best on Sunday.
Kick-off 3pm Sunday
Prince of Wales stadium, Cheltenham