Rovers aim to bounce back

Rovers assistant coach Danny Evans.
Rovers assistant coach Danny Evans.
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Featherstone Rovers will aim to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat at Swinton when they visit Workington Town tomorrow (Sunday).

It will be Sean Long’s first game as the club’s new football manager.

Rovers face a tricky task against Workington who won 18-16 at Batley last weekend.

Workington have won their last three home games against Leigh, Dewsbury and Swinton.

Rovers assistant coach Danny Evans is expecting a tough test on Sunday.

“As much as we were bitterly disappointed with last Sunday’s game, we’ve got to dust ourselves down and bounce back,” he said.

Evans added: “We’ll be playing in week in week out from now on and it’s already play-off football.

“We can’t afford to lose another game because if we do we can forget about the League Leaders’ Shield.

“Workington had a good win at Batley and they also beat Leigh at Derwent Park so our preparation has got to be spot on this week.

“Workington have some good players with Super League experience like James Thackeray, Peter Lupton, Ewan Dowes and Mark Calderwood.”

Rovers will check on full-back Ian Hardman who missed the Swinton game with an ankle injury.

On-loan props Sam Barlow and James Green made their debuts from the bench against Swinton, with Jack Bussey and Lamont Bryan missing out on selection.

Evans said: “Ian Hardman picked up an injury in training midweek. We’ll assess him in training this week to see if he’s ready to go on Sunday.

“Sam Barlow and James Green haven’t had a lot of game time but they got better as the match went on against Swinton. They both made some nice off-loads.

“We’ve got a big enough squad now so we can do a bit of rotation. Apart from the long term injuries, we should have a full squad to pick from this weekend.”

Evans offered no excuses for Featherstone’s defeat at Swinton.

“We can talk about the poor conditions but at the end of the day we should have been good enough to win,” he said.

“I think if we’d played to our full potential we’d have come away with a victory.

“There was a lot of effort but we just couldn’t seem to break down Swinton and get the winning score.”

Rovers under 19s host St Helens in an Academy match at Big Fellas Stadium today (Saturday, 2.30pm).

Admission is £3 adults and £1 juniors/concessions.