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Championship preview: North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers
North Wales' Rob Massam. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Championship preview: North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers

by: Paul English, February 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

Sunday, 2.30pm at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium

North Wales Crusaders have injury doubts over Gary Middlehurst (knee) and Rob Massam (ankle) and whilst both are rated as doubtful coach Clive Griffiths is keeping his fingers crossed.

“Gary’s got more chance than Rob,” said Griffiths.

“We go into this home game as firm underdogs, and when can we have said that over the last 12 months? I went to watch Featherstone Rovers last Sunday and was very impressed with their directness, structure and organisation.

“We’ll have to play to our very best to get a result. It’s in us, they’re not totally infallible, but they’re well versed in this division and they’re not up there at the top by chance. They’re a damn good side.”

Rovers sit fourth in the table with one win, against Halifax on Sunday, and a defeat at Dewsbury a week earlier to their name.

Featherstone coach John Bastian has no new injury concerns after last week’s win over Halifax.

“Credit to our guys: we stuck in there and showed some real character, grit and determination,” he said.

“I’ve looked at Crusaders this week and we can see that they‚Äôre going to be a very competitive side.”

Rovers have released winger Tommy Saxton to Halifax on a month’s loan.

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