NORTH WALES CRUSADERS will welcome in-form Championship outfit Featherstone Rovers to the Queensway Stadium on Sunday in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Four.
The Crusaders booked their place in the fourth round with an emphatic comeback victory over Keighley Cougars which saw the Wrexham-based side turnaround a 24-6 half-time scoreline to come away with a 28-24 win.
Featherstone enter the game on the back some impressive league form which has seen the Rovers pick-up five wins from six league games as they chase promotion to the Betfred Super League.
The sides will meet for the first time since 2015 in what is expected to be a hotly contented affair at the Queensway Stadium.
North Wales Crusaders head coach Mike Grady has confirmed that it’s unlikely that will need to call on any Widnes Vikings players this weekends as members of his squad return from injuries.
Joe Bate (knee) and Warren Thompson (leg) are doubts for the game with both set to be assessed during training in the week.
Grady On Featherstone:
Speaking about Sunday’s opponents, Grady said: “They’re a very good side who are making big strides towards becoming a Super League club.
“They are in good form and will be looking for promotion this year as well as having a good run in the Challenge Cup.
“All the pressure is on them, so we’ll just be focused on ourselves – they will prove to be a big challenge for us, but we are capable of strong performances and in a cup competition anything can happen.”
North Wales Crusaders will enter Sunday’s game on the back of a dissaointixng defeat away to Hunslet RLFC in the Betfred League One.
However, Mike Grady’s men will be hoping his side can show the same spirit which saw them complete a stunning comeback against Keighley in round three of the competition.
Sunday’s visitors Featherstone come into the game in good form. Five wins from six league games leave Rovers sat third in the Betfred Championship.
Their only defeat came in the shape of a 44-24 defeat away to London Skolars who currently sit at the top of the Championship.
The eagerly awaited clash will take place at the Queensway Stadium in Wrexham. Home to North Wales Crusaders, the stadium features two stands as well as a bar and food outlets.
Car parking at the stadium is free of charge.
Tickets for the game are pay on the gate and are priced at £15 adults, £7 concessions and £3 under 16’s.
The game will kick-off at 2.30pm with gates open from 1.00pm. A bumper edition of The Crusader matchday magazine will be on sale inside the stadium costing £3 and featuring interviews with Mike Grady, Lee Hudson, Tommy Johnson and more.
A range of supporter merchandise and replica shirts will also be on sale via the merchandise stand.