Amateur RL: Influential Milford half-back returns for ‘biggest game of season’

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CLUB CHAIRMAN Bob Barker has described tomorrow’s play-off semi-final at Featherstone Lions (2.30pm) as Milford Marlins’ “biggest game in 26 years”.

Milford are two wins away from returning to the National Conference Premier Division for the first time since 1990. Fifth in Division One equalled their highest placing since then, but Lions finished one spot and two points better off.

Milford will be without Tom Barnes, Dave Watmough and Zak Snelgrove due to injury, but influential half-back Josh Parle and back-row forward Scott Watson are available after work commitments.

And Keiran Webster and Tom Wilson are also back in contention.

Assistant-coach Gavin Brown said: “Retiring hooker James Coates will be hoping to prolong his career by one more game and captain James Barker is determined to lead the team into the first major final for many seasons.

“It promises to be a cracker of a game and deserves a huge following to support the lads in their quest for promotion.”

The winners will face either Wakefield-based Normanton Knights or Skirlaugh in the promotion final at Widnes next weekend.

Meanwhile, Oulton Raiders have parted company with coach Jamie Benn.

Anyone interested in taking over should contact club chairman Geoff Rush on 07809486064 or email Geoffrush9@aol.com.