Championship Preview: Swinton Lions v Barrow Raiders

Mick Nanyn - set for 350th career game
Mick Nanyn – set for 350th career game

Sunday 3.00pm at Sedgley Park
Swinton Lions – who are unable to play at their regular venue at the Leigh Sports Village – will make a return to the former ‘home’ at Sedgley Park’s Park Lane ground at Whitefield.

Centre Mick Nanyn is set to make his 350th career appearance. Nanyn is in his second spell with Swinton, playing 96 times for the Lions (1999-2002 & 2013-2014). He has also played for Rochdale Hornets, Whitehaven, Widnes Vikings, Oldham and Leigh. He also spent time at Harlequins (2009) and Halifax (2012-2013), but didn’t play in a first team match at either club. Nanyn has also represented Scotland on ten occasions and also played for the Northern Ford Premiership/National League under-21 sides twice.

Lions coach Ian Watson will be forced to make at least one change to the side that beat Gateshead Thunder 66-6 last week.

“We have lost Darren Hawkyard through suspension for one match, Jack Cooper is out with a knee injury and Liam Fishwick has done something to his ankle ligaments,” said Watson.

“We are quite a small squad, so it’s a shame we have lost those three, but the good news is Ben Warrilow came through the game OK last week, as did Ritchie Hawkyard, and they’re both in contention.”

Caretaker Barrow Raiders coach Phil Atkinson has urged his players to get ready to face Swinton “head on”.

Atkinson watched as Barrow recorded a nervous 18-10 win over Milford Marlins last week. But his focus immediately switched to league action and the hunt for a second win of the season.

Atkinson said: “We have got to get back and work hard at training through the week to get ready to meet Swinton head-on.”