The All Golds host North Wales Crusaders in the Challenge Cup this Sunday in a repeat of last year’s third round.
Last season’s epic at the Racecourse saw the All Golds come from 36-16 down to win 40-36 with a last-gasp Harry Kidd try putting the gloss on the greatest comeback in the club’s history. Both teams started their season with a win last weekend, so confidence in the two camps will be high ahead of the game.
The Golden Fern began their 2017 campaign last weekend with a 48-12 win away at Hemel in the League 1 Cup, and despite the comfortable margin of victory, head coach Lee Greenwood is looking for improvement ahead of Sunday’s game in Cheltenham. He said: “Early on we made too many mistakes with ball in hand. Our defence was solid which kept us in the game. We came through that dodgy spell and dominated after that. We had a number of lads making their debut for us last week and they all went well, which will make selection for Sunday’s game hard but as a head coach they’re the kind of problems you want. There’s a couple of players that missed last week that could well be involved this Sunday,”
Like the All Golds, the North Wales Crusaders began their 2017 season with a win, albeit in tougher circumstances away to York. The Wrexham based side looked like exiting the League 1 Cup only for a last gasp Danny Price try which took the game to golden point extra time. Jack Hansen’s field goal saw the Crusaders home for a famous victory.
Lee Greenwood says he’s preparing his players for a much sterner test than Hemel offered. “Crusaders have managed to pick up some really good players, they’ve got a strong squad and they’ll want to be up there challenging come the end of the season. We beat them in the Challenge Cup last year but they won both league games – all three were close games. It will be a tough challenge but we’ll be confident”, said Greenwood.
Challenge Cup Round 3
Date: Sunday 26th February 2017
Kick off: 2pm
Location: Prince of Wales Stadium
Tommy Taylors Ln,
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