Big Whitebank weekend

Date published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A BIG weekend is in prospect at Whitebank Stadium (June 12 and 13) when we stage another double-header with the Reserves at home on Saturday and our table-topping first team entertaining Doncaster on Sunday, both games kicking off at 3.00pm.

But there’s more. Saturday is a big day of international sporting action and that can be captured too at Whitebank on the big screen in the clubhouse.

Not long after the end of the Reserves match against Sheffield Eagles you can watch England take on France in the Rugby League international from Leigh, to be followed later in the evening by England v USA in the soccer World Cup from South Africa.

Saturday really is a BIG day at Whitebank, starting off with John Hough’s lads going into battle in search of their third win in a row against an Eagles team that went to Barrow last week and put 50 points past the Raiders.

Eagles currently lie one place above Oldham in the Reserves Championship, but a win for Houghie’s boys on Saturday would take us above them on points difference.

Leigh and Featherstone are unbeaten, then come Whitehaven, Oldham and Widnes, all of whom have lost two.

Both Oldham defeats were home and away against Featherstone — the only team to have beaten us this year.

Our Reserves are on a high right now, having piled up 48 points against York, followed by 58 against Hunslet.

Centre Alistair Williams and prop Michael Cadd have been promoted to train with the first team once a week, while Mark Smith’s top performance against Hunslet last week gave him the senior team’s 18th-man job against Blackpool the following day.

That was also a hugely enterprising performance by Tony Benson’s boys, who will be out to cement their place at the top of Co-operative Championship One with another winnng performance against Doncaster on Sunday.

The crowd for the Blackpool game fell just short of the 1,000 mark, but it would be encouraging to think we could attract a four-figure attendance this week on the back of that rousing show against the Panthers.

Don’t forget you Roughyeds fans — this coming weekend all roads lead to Whitebank, both Saturday AND Sunday.