Amateur RL: Parkside planning to prevent Fryston from claiming clean sweep

Martin Rowse
Martin Rowse
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SOUTH LEEDS team Hunslet Club Parkside stand between West Yorkshire rivals Fryston Warriors and a clean sweep of available trophies.

Parkside, of National Conference Division One, take on Warriors at Featherstone Rovers’ LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday in amateur rugby league’s Xamax National Cup final (2pm).

Paul Handforth

Paul Handforth

Fryston are already the Yorkshire Cup and Pennine League champions and have also won the Pennine League President’s Cup and Castleford and Featherstone David Poulter Open Cup.

Warriors, coached by Martin Rowse and Castleford Tigers hooker Paul McShane, will be without Jamie Bradley, Wayne Foster and Craig Miles, who are all unavailable. Prop George Clarke faces a late fitness test.

Rowse said: “Fryston are probably slight favourites, but our club’s on an upward progression. This is a massively important match, but we’ll be treating it like just another game.”

Fryston’s side includes former Wakefield Trinity, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs scrum-half Paul Handforth. Coach Danny Bolton said: We’re facing a tough challenge, but we’re quietly confident. Our strategy will be to play football – we won’t win the National Cup just by imposing ourselves physically.”

Oulton Raiders ‘A’ face New Earswick All Blacks at Heworth, York, tonight in the Yorkshire Men’s League Forty-20 Cup final (7pm).