Featherstone Rovers: It’ll be an outstanding achievement if we get to the final – Sharp

Jon Sharp.
Jon Sharp.
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are on the verge of an “outstanding achievement”, but coach Jon Sharp insists they can’t take anything for granted.

Rovers will secure a place in next weekend’s Kingstone Press Championship Shield final if they beat visitors Workington Town tomorrow (3pm).

“We are in decent form,” Sharp said. “We have got to maintain that, because if we don’t play well, they will beat us.

“It is anybody’s game in a semi-final and it’s how you approach it and how you handle it. That’s really important for this young team.

“We are trying to keep it low key, but some of them have played less than five first team games and they will be a bit twitchy. It will be an outstanding achievement if we get to the final, but we have got to get past Workington first.”

Inspired by Jarrod Sammut, a mid-season signing from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Town finished fourth in the Shield table. Rovers won at Derwent Park in the bottom-eights and Sharp said: “That was probably our best performance. They had come off the back of five straight wins, but we went up there with a young team and did really well.

“We had about three players pull out with injuries and we had to replace them with some young players, so it was an outstanding victory. But that’s in the past – and previous results don’t count for anything in a semi-final.”

Rovers hope to be boosted by the return of forward Matt James, from a hip injury.