Rovers coach: We’ve our part to play on big day for club

Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "Ultimately, we've got to win on Sunday to put a really good feel to the day."
Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "Ultimately, we've got to win on Sunday to put a really good feel to the day."

Coach Jon Sharp wants Featherstone’s players to play their part in contributing to a memorable day for the club at Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday.

Before the kick-off of the home Championship Shield game against London Broncos, the club’s two new stands that were rebuilt after being transported from Scarborough will be officially opened by the RFL’s chief executive Nigel Wood in front of invited guests.

The ceremony will also be attended by the volunteers - led by former Rovers player and chairman Paul Coventry - who have constructed the stands in a project spanning more than four years.

“It will be a fantastic day for the club and we’ve our part to play in that,” said Sharp.

“Ultimately, we’ve got to win on Sunday to put a really good feel to the day.”

Rovers will host fourth-placed Workington Town in the play-off semi-finals the following weekend after clinching top spot in the Championship Shield.

“I’m chuffed to bits with five wins out of six in the Championship Shield and I’m really pleased to finish top,” added Sharp.

“We’ve got six kids in the team who between them have probably not played more than 10 first-team games. The youngsters have stepped up to the plate and have done extremely well and I think it will stand them in good stead next year.

“I think it helps the squad the exposure these young lads are getting this season.

“It will be a tough semi-final against Workington. When we beat them up there it was the best performance since I’ve been at the club and it had to be.

“Workington had a big win against their derby rivals Whitehaven last Sunday so they are in good form again and we’ll need to emulate what we did last time against them.

“There are players playing for places against London this Sunday. The starting line up for the semi-final has not been decided.

“There are still some people who have got to find some good form and there are people who still have an opportunity to get in the team so as individuals there is plenty for them to play for.

“As a team, we want to continue winning and go into the semi-final with six wins from seven games.”

Rovers forward Tim Spears is expected to be fit for Sunday after being injured in Friday’s 18-10 win at Hunslet but Alex Foster is again likely to be missing.

Jamie Cording is still working his way back to fitness after knee ligament trouble.

“Tim Spears suffered a broken nose at Hunslet. When he came off to get it re-set, his hamstring tightened up so we didn’t think it was worthwhile risking putting him back on but he should be fine for this weekend,” added Sharp.

“Alex Foster is struggling a bit and this week is probably too soon for him. His ankle is still very sore.

“Jamie Cording has started straight line running but he may be two weeks away which would make it a bit of a gamble putting him straight in if we make the final.”

Admission to Sunday’s game is £10 for adults and concessions. There is free admission for under 16s.