Roughyeds Reserves

Date published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

ROUGHYEDS’ Reserves, the only third-tier club to have a team in the six-club Under-23 Championship, finished third behind Featherstone Rovers and Halifax.

Last year they finished second behind Widnes Vikings in a ten-team competition and then beat Vikings in the play-off final to bring the trophy to Whitebank.

A year on, and having finished above Keighley Cougars, Sheffield Eagles and York City Knights with seven wins and two draws from 15 games, they are preparing for another play-off tie at Halifax this Friday, August 10 (8pm kick off).

They lost 34-4 at The Shay last week in their final league game, so it will need a massive turn-around for the Roughyeds to avenge that defeat and thus qualify for a final at Post Office Road against unbeaten leaders Featherstone, who dropped only one point all season —- in a 30-30 draw at Whitebank.

Coach Paul Ashton believes Roughyeds have it in them to reach the final again in defence of their title.

“As a group, we spent two hours on Monday studying the video of last week’s game at The Shay and we know where we went wrong,” he said. “We can fix it, and if we do it will make a huge difference.”

He has no injury worries and his semi-final squad, including new boy Sam Dowby, is unlikely to show much change although it can’t be finalised until he has had his first meeting with new first-team boss Martin Roden.