It’s two wins from the first three league fixtures for the University of Gloucestershire All Golds and they will look to keep their impressive start to the season going on Sunday when they host Swinton.
Sunday’s fixture marks a landmark for the All Golds – it’s the clubs 50th fixture as a professional outfit. With wins over South Wales Scorpions and London Skolars, All Golds coach Lee Greenwood is satisfied with his team’s start to the season, but is wary of the threat that Swinton will pose.
He said: “Last week [36-10 win at London Skolars] was a big result for us. To win away from home was great. I keep saying it but playing against the northern clubs is always difficult and Swinton will pose a much sterner test.”
Ollie Purslow is ruled out of the game because of suspension, along with Yannic Parker, Brad Mais and Ian Clark, who are all away on short-term loans. Mark Bowen, who was injured 30 minutes into his debut versus Rochdale, is fit and looks like being involved.
Greenwood may also welcome back Ash Haynes, Toby Topham and Scott Claridge.
Swinton have enjoyed a mixed start to life in League 1. The Lions, who were relegated last season from the Championship, drew their opening fixture at home to the North Wales Crusaders before losing 50-12 away to Barrow. They have enjoyed much better fortunes in the League 1 cup and beat Newcastle Thunder in the semi-finals to set up a final against the North Wales Crusaders on May 23rd at Blackpool.
One of the club’s star performers is ex-Salford legend Stuart Littler. The Irish international enjoyed a 12-year stint with the Reds, scoring 112 tries in 329 games. He joined Swinton after brief spells at Leigh and Rochdale and is also acting as assistant coach to John Duffy.
Swinton have a long and proud history, with three Challenge Cup triumphs and six Premiership titles.
Kick-off on Sunday is 3pm, but before the game there will be a minute’s applause as a mark of respect for Bev James who sadly passed away at Easter after a long battle with cancer.
Bev worked tirelessly for years developing the sport in Gloucestershire and played a huge part in the All Golds early growth. Her son Jordan is one of Swinton’s best players. The former Gloucestershire Warriors man has enjoyed a stellar career, appearing for Widnes, Castleford, Salford and Wigan, as well as captaining Wales at international level. The All Golds look forward to welcoming Jordan and his family on Sunday at the Prince of Wales Stadium.