It’s a matter of putting things right for the All Golds this weekend as they entertain North Wales Crusaders in the semi final of the League 1 Cup at the Prince of Wales Stadium this Sunday.
The All Golds reached this stage of the competition last season but were overwhelmed 58-14 by York City Knights. “We were very disappointed with the result and performance at York and we want to go out there and do better this year,” said All Golds head coach Lee Greenwood.
“I was confident going into the semi-final last year. Whether the players were I’m not sure, because we were beaten heavily. The guys that are still in the squad from then will want to right a few wrongs.”
They face a Crusaders side that has recovered from a poor start to the season – a start that included a third round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup defeat at the hands of the All Golds in February – to beat York and Newcastle Thunder twice.
Their last game was an 80-0 hammering at the hands of Toronto Wolfpack, though they only conceded 20 points in the second half which is a positive to take into this game.
Head coach Mike Grady believes the All Golds will start as favourites and he is looking forward to the challenge of getting to the final for the second time in three years having won the title in 2015.
He said: “We will go into this semi-final as underdogs because they did beat us last time. They’ve beaten Workington and Keighley so they’re a good, big side and we can’t let them get on top early doors.
“Both our League 1 Cup games have been away so we’ve had it tough and we deserve to be where we are. It’s another testing one away to Gloucester so if we get there, we’ll have done it the hard way.”
The All Golds’ 36-30 win over South Wales Ironmen a fortnight ago came at a cost with Steve Nield (Concussion) and James Walter (shoulder) joined Alex Gaskell, Ben Stead and Frankie Foster on the injury list. Despite the absence of key men, Greenwood is focusing on the importance of the fixture.
“This is a big game for us,” said Greenwood. “We’re still a relatively new club and there aren’t too many cup semi-finals we’ll be able to get to, so this is the best chance we’ll have to get to a final.
“We’re at home and we want to make sure it is hard for teams to come here and get a result – we’ve beaten North Wales and Keighley so far.”
“We got to this stage last season and we were disappointed after being handed a hammering by York so it would be nice to do ourselves justice this year.”
League 1 Cup Semi Final
Date: Sunday 30 April 2017
Kick off: 3pm
Location: Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham GL50 4RN
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