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David Weetman Pre-Keighley (a)

March 16, 2024

David Weetman in action for Cornwall against York Acorn in the Betfred Challenge Cup – Colin Bradbury

Player-assistant coach David Weetman says his Cornwall RLFC side face a ‘tough challenge’ in their Betfred League 1 opener tomorrow against Keighley Cougars – 1.00pm.

The Cougars, after blitzing the third tier in 2022, found life at Championship level and were relegated last year after an end of year slump in form.

But the Yorkshire outfit have recruited well during the off season and Matt Foster’s men are, along with Oldham, the bookmakers’ favourites for promotion.

Keighley have endured mixed results so far this term with an eye-catching 1895 Cup win over Dewsbury, before losing narrowly to Bradford Bulls in the same competition.

Like Cornwall, the Cougars are out of the Challenge Cup and despite the Choughs only playing one competitive game so far in 2024, Weetman is positive about his charges after their off season.

“Pre-season has been pretty good,” Weetman told cornwallrlfc.co.uk. “The Challenge Cup game against York Acorn didn’t go the way we wanted, but we haven’t let that get to us too much.

“We know what we can do as a team and as a club and it is up to us to prove that this season. Keighley first up is a tough challenge at their ground, but it is up to us to put in a good performance and see where that takes us.

The 25-year-old, who penned a new two-year contract last autumn, keeping him in the Duchy until the end of 2025, added: “Keighley will probably have a bit more match fitness because they played in the 1895 Cup, but the flip side is that we won’t have any niggle, knocks or any other injuries.

“At the end the day, how many games each team have played up until now won’t have too much outcome on the result. Two teams will be going at it hammer and tongs with the best of those winning.”