Hawcoat Park all set for cup semi-final test

Ryan mighty: Hawcoat 's Ryan Brown and his team-mates will be hoping for a big game at Broughton in the semi-finals of the Raging Bull North West Cup tomorrow Mark Fitzgerald
Ryan mighty: Hawcoat 's Ryan Brown and his team-mates will be hoping for a big game at Broughton in the semi-finals of the Raging Bull North West Cup tomorrow Mark Fitzgerald
16 March 2017 3:51PM

HAWCOAT Park A face their biggest game in a long time as they take on Broughton in the semi-finals of the Raging Bull North West Cup.

There is no game for the Hawcoat or Furness first teams tomorrow, but there is action in the Lake District as Ambleside host Moresby and Windermere entertain top dogs Keswick in the Cumbria League Cup.

Broughton v Hawcoat Park A

AFTER a hard-fought victory away at Bury last week, Hawcoat seconds find themselves on the road again to Manchester as they face Broughton in the Raging Bull North West Cup semi-final.

The Barrow side have been playing some great rugby of late, and they will have to be on top form as they look to upset yet another unbeaten team.

The Maroons go virtually unchanged, with the big front row of Paul Woodburn, Jordan Garnett and Ryan Brown more than capable of upsetting the opposition pack.

With Rory Sayle, Charlie Butterworth and Mark Woodburn all looking for a second-row jersey, Hawcoat have power and pace in the engine room, wherever they look.

Matt Robson moves back to where he came from after a stint at prop, and he could be joined by Joe Rea and Peter Jennens. Scott Garnett is looking to recover from his groin strain and will be holding court from his scrum half position, with Euan James hopeful of getting the day off work to join the squad.

Widemen Rodney Odandi and Will Martin will look to get on the scoresheet.

The centre partnership of Jay Crowe and Dave Wynne will need to gel in their pursuit of points.

With Lewis Sayle and Robert Shepherd on hand, they are capable of breaking down what will be a tough nut to crack in Broughton.

Ambleside v Moresby

(Galava Park 3pm)

ALTHOUGH there are doubts the visitors will make the trip, Ambleside still have to prepare for what would be a hard encounter after a defeat last time out at the hands of Millom.

Widemen Tim Horsfall and Rory Townsend will need to see more of the ball if the team are to make inroads into the Moresby side, with full-back Lewis Kelly always on hand to help out where required in the back line.

The link-up play between forwards and backs will be in the hands of Peter Holgate and Keenan Longster at stand-off and scrum half.

Good clean ball is needed to get the backs away and, with the front three of Mike Blakeston, Mike Gibson and Gregg Stevenson, they should be able to get on the front foot.

Matthew Middlemiss and Steven Mathews will be at centre looking to break the line to get the wingers away, and with help from the back row of Pip Houghton, Gregg Machino and Cyrill Lathes, there will always be opportunities.

Captain Paul Longster and Jacob Taylor play from the second row.

Windermere v Keswick

(Dawes Meadow, 3pm)

IT iscup action at Dawes Meadows as Windermere welcome Cumbria League leaders Keswick.

The Lake District side will have their tails up after a great 23-10 win on the road at Furness, but with no game last week, Mere will be fresh and up for the battle.

Jamie Hardman, Dan Harrison and Luke Todd make up the front three in the pack, with Jonny Benson and Tadgh Butler pushing them on from the second row.

The back row’s performance in both the loose and tight will be important, so with Connor Maher, Paul Mahler and John Hallam at its helm there is a real chance of good ball for the backs.

Dan Neild and Bertie Hodgson provide the link between forwards and backs and will be looking to get centre duo Jamie Dootson and John Wheatley up and running early doors.

Lewis Horrax and Moses Dawson out wide are looking for the chance to finish off the moves with a helping hand from Lewis Duncan from full-back.

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