Saturday, 13 February 2016

Dalton fly the Furness flag in Cumbria Cup

DALTON start their quest as the only Barrow and District League side in the Cumbria Cup tomorrow as they host Seaton at Kelland Park.

HARRY'S GAME: Dalton youngster Harry Brown breaks to score against Askam last week. He moves up to the first team tomorrow CHRIS WEST

Having struggled for a game in pre-season, it will be a difficult match against a side who are going well in the Cumberland League and who have several county players in their squad.

Elsewhere Roose Pioneers have a home tie, while Barrow Island travel to Wigan. Millom's game against York Acorn at Devonshire Road has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.


(Kelland Park, 2pm)

DALTON go into the cup on the back of two postponed league games and with only one competitive match behind them – a Barton Townley Cup tie with Roose Pioneers a month ago.

It is not the ideal preparation for a clash with one of West Cumbria’s top sides, who have dumped Dalton out of the competition twice in recent years.

New recruit Peter Rimmer, from Hindpool, makes his home debut and two 16-year-olds – Jordan Woodend and Harry Brown – are in line to feature, both having been named in the Cumbria under-17s squad.

Also in for coach Paul Crarey are Salford junior players Matt Heaton and Jack Moses, while Ross Peoples – who ran the Great North Run last Sunday – is back in the fold.

Missing out are Matt Bolton, Daniel Laisby and Joe Watson.

Assistant coach Owen Richards said: “It is going to be a tough one, especially with having two league games postponed. We really could have done with a hard work out.

“We have a strong squad together and are expecting a good season out of Adam Nicholson (the former Walney Central player), who has had a good pre-season after coming to us late last year.

“He has gained a BARLA open age cap in the past week and will add a lot of strength up front.”


(Redwaters, 2.30pm)

PIONEERS welcome back Adam Batty, Joel Williams and Lee McLeod tomorrow, but are without Jordan Herdman, who is ruled out with shoulder and knee injuries.

Pioneers coach Jim Perry said: “This game is one we can win. We lost narrowly down at their place, but they had five Fijians playing who have since gone back to rugby union.”


IAN Irvine returns for the Island as they head to Wigan tomorrow, but Craig McKinnon, Nial Miller and Lloyd Williams are unavailable for a tough away encounter.

Club spokesman John Jefferson said: “We go with confidence after a great second-half display at Blackbrook last week.

“They are a top side and, though we lost 22-6, we kept them out in the second half. Mike Darby made a long-awaited comeback. He was superb and overall the lads played really well.”

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