Cup tied Ellis to miss Featherstone cup tie

Andy Ellis.
Andy Ellis.

Featherstone Rovers are likely to stick with largely the side that got back to winning ways with a 52-6 success at Workington when they aim to reach the last 16 of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Head coach Jon Sharp will make a late call on half-back Anthony Thackeray, who has a facial injury, before deciding his starting line-up, but does not expect any of his other eight injured first teamers to have recovered in time for the fifth round cup tie at Batley.

All the players made it through the Workington game without injury, but Sharp will be forced to make one change with experienced hooker Andy Ellis cup tied and unable to play.

Although down on numbers again, Sharp is confident in the ability of the players he can choose, giving them a big vote of confidence ahead of the tie.

He said: “We’ve got eight out at the minute and some key experienced players. It’s a tough time, but we’re dealing with it, we’re doing well with it, getting on with it as well and not talking too much about them.

“The lads that have stepped in have been great. They’ve been patient as well and when they’ve had the opportunity they’ve taken it with both hands so that creates a competitive environment for them.”