Crusaders next in iPro Sport Cup

Date published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
OUR reward for a great win at Barrow in the iPro Sport League One Cup is a semi-final at Whitebank on Sunday week, March 29 (3pm) against North Wales Crusaders.

Players heard the draw on the team coach on their way back from Barrow where tries by Michael Ward, Sam Gee and two each by wingers Adam Clay and the dual-registered Jodie Broughton, from Huddersfield, inflicted Barrow’s first defeat of the season.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “It’s good to be at home in the semi, but as a Championship team last year, Crusaders will be favourites even though the tie is at our place.
“They have a few of our former players, which will add extra spice, so we’ll have to approach the tie with exactly the same attitude and commitment that served us well at Barrow.”
Added chairman Chris Hamilton: “We’ll be looking to continue our great start  to the season and hoping fans get down to Whitebank in numbers as we strive to reach the final at Blackpool.”
Crusaders, with whom Oldham had some great battles in 2013, beat Rochdale 28-4 in Wrexham to reach the last four.
The other semi-final is Swinton v Newcastle, who beat Keighley and York respectively, both away from home.
We are also in cup action this coming Sunday when we play one of the top teams in the Championship, Sheffield Eagles, away from home in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
The tie will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, kicking off at 3pm.
Michael Ward may be sidelined because he was knocked out at Barrow in a tackle by Dan Toal which was placed on report.
He missed the last 30 minutes, but he travelled home with the team.