The All Golds begin their League 1 Shield campaign with a trip to Wales tomorrow when they face South Wales Ironmen.
Having faced high fliers Barrow, Toronto and Doncaster in recent weeks Saturday’s game in Llanelli will present the All Golds with a great opportunity to get back to winning ways. After being ravaged by injuries for the game in Toronto and the home game with Doncaster Lee Greenwood has the luxury of welcoming back a number of players who have missed the last few games. Returning to the squad are Brad Kislingbury, Harry Kidd and Ben Stead who spent three weeks out in Australia at the Student World Cup. Courtney Davies, who has missed the last two games with injury, also returns and could feature against his former side. Ross Price, signed from South Wales last week, could make his debut on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the game Lee Greenwood said he’s looking to see a professional performance from his young team. “It’s important we concentrate on ourselves and turn up with the right attitude. South Wales have lost a number of players but they still managed to beat Coventry. They’ve got a lot of young players that will want to do well so it’s crucial we show them the respect they deserve.
“We’ve had a two week break since we last played which couldn’t have come at a better time. Against Doncaster last time out we had four players who were carrying knocks. We went in at half-time only 6-0 down, it was probably the best defensive performance of the season. I was very proud of the effort but unfortunately, with the injuries we were carrying, we just ran out of steam late on.
“We’ve got the three lads who have been in Australia back, I’m sure they’re raring to go. It was a tough job picking the 19, some players will be disappointed to have missed out but competition for places is what a coach wants.
“We want to win the Shield. There’s some good teams we’ll have to beat but we’re confident in our own ability. We’ve shown this season that we can be a very good side, it’s down to the players now to be consistent and put a run of wins together. We’ll probably have to win all our games to make the final but we’re more than capable of doing so.”
South Wales Ironmen have had another tough season, winning only one game so far in 2017. Off-field problems have resulted in a host of players leaving the club but they still have a number of players who will need to be kept quiet, including former All Gold Morgan Evans who can be a real handful.
3pm, Saturday 29 July
Stebonheath Park, Llanelli