Reserves news

Date published: Friday, June 4, 2010

Roughyeds reserves have a newcomer in their 20-man squad for the game tomorrow (Saturday) against Hunslet Hawks at Whitebank Stadium, 3.00pm kick off.

He is Johnny Walker, a 22-year-old centre or second-row forward from Wigan, who has played previously for Wigan Reserves and also for Whitehaven’s first team.

He has just returned to rugby after taking a year out to complete his degree and he is looking forward to the challenge.

Alistair Williams, who scored a hat-trick of tries against York City Knights last Saturday, is again in at left-centre, partnered on the wing by 17-year-old Danny Chetwynd, who had a good debut last week, having come to the Roughyeds from Rochdale Rugby Union Club.

Paul Ashton, who was unavailable last week, is back in the squad and looks likely to start at half-back, partnered by Mick Diveney, who also had a fine game last week and landed eight goals from nine shots from all angles and distances.

Dale Lowe comes in at hooker in place of Scott Mansfield, who was 18th man for the first team at Workington last Sunday, and new-boy Walker looks likely to start in the second-row.

Mark Brocklehurst is also back in contention, having been away on work commitments for the past few days.

The squad is:

Ross Coates
Sean Hamilton
Jamie Knight
Alistair Williams
Danny Chetwynd
Paul Ashton
Mickey Diveney
Ben Mellor
Dale Lowe
Ben Marsden
Johnny Walker
Michael Ward
Mark Brocklehurst
Austin B
Michael Cadd
Danny Knight
Mark smith
Marc Kellet
Tom McMullen
Dean Hatton

Coach John Hough and the boys are hoping to have the backing of good support on what promises to be another enjoyable afternoon out at Whitebank for the Roughyeds diehards and the Roughyeds faithful.

Admission is only £4 for adults, £2 concessions and free for under-16s and both the clubhouse and the refreshment hut inside the ground will be open for business as usual.

On Sunday at the first team game, incidentally, there will be a curtain-raiser between the under-11s of Waterhead and St Anne’s, starting at approx 1.45pm. The turnstiles will open at 1.30pm.

Be there on Sunday, and be there soon because we are anticipating a sizeable crowd to watch what should be an absolute cracker.