Match Preview – North Wales (h)
May 27, 2023
Cornwall RLFC reach the halfway point of the regular 2023 season with the visit of North Wales Crusaders to the Memorial Ground.
Ahead of this Betfred League 1 Round 10 clash against the Colwyn Bay outfit, here is all your essential pre-match information.
Cornwall RLFC head coach Mike Abbott has named his 21-man squad for Sunday’s home Betfred League 1 clash against North Wales Crusaders.
Prop Ewan Badham returns to the fold after his loan from divisional rivals Rochdale Hornets was extended by a further two weeks. Badham’s twin brother Ieaun is still absent as he continues to recover from a concussion injury picked up at the loss to Dewsbury Rams in April.
Jack Ray also misses out after he also suffered a recent concussion injury. The former Castleford academy graduate was injured playing for the UK Armed Forces team. He missed the recent home match against Hunslet through injury and was suspended for last week’s trip to Rochdale.
Ray was in the stands at Spotland and once he sees out the concussion return to play protocols, will be back in contention for the mammoth trip to Workington Town next Sunday.
Elsewhere, Adam Rusling has shaken off a rib injury picked up in the Rochdale reverse and is fully fit.
Cornish forward George Mitchell is back in the mix for a starting 17 berth after shaking off a hamstring injury.
Here is the North Wales squad that will make the trip to Cornwall for tomorrow’s game:
Matthias, Abel, Holmes, Reid, Massam, Gibbons, Billsborough, Oakley, Fletcher, Taylor, Houghton, Barratt, Nash, Costello, Rainford, Ellis, Bloxham, Doolan, Forster, Hughes-Lynch, Whitehead.
We’ve Met Before:
02/04/22 – North Wales Crusaders 62 Cornwall 22 (L1 R2)
07/08/22 – Cornwall 12 North Wales Crusaders 36 (L1 R18)
From the dugouts:
Head coach Mike Abbott has been speaking to the club’s media team to preview the Crusaders’ visit to the Mem.
Meanwhile, North Wales’ Carl Forster has been looking back on his side’s win over Midlands Hurricanes last Sunday.
“There’s been a monkey on our back for quite a while and it’s just good to finally get that off and probably the overriding feeling’s just relief,” he told the Wrexham Leader
“We know we’ve not been playing bad. I think we’ve put out two poor performances, probably Rochdale and Oldham. Apart from that, we’ve actually been okay.
“But (Midlands) was just a bit more of a complete performance.
“I think people watching the game, the scoreline probably wouldn’t reflect it with how much goal line ‘D’ we did, but the attitude of our boys, it was phenomenal.
“The fact that we actually conceded 14, when, you know, we seemed to gift them quite a lot of ball in our yardage, their good ball, and I just thought the effort from the lads was absolutely outstanding.”
Four officials have been appointed for Sunday’s game:
Referee: Andrew Sweet
Touch judges: Peter Wroe & Phil Johnson
Reserve referee: Kristoff Young
Principal or Alternate?
Back on home soil, Cornwall will wear 2023’s principal shirt against North Wales Crusaders.
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