North Wales v Featherstone: Rovers coach Hay wary of Crusaders

Andy Hay.
Andy Hay.
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there is no danger of Featherstone Rovers under-estimating tomorrow’s Challenge Cup hosts North Wales Crusaders, according to coach Andy Hay.

Hay’s Kingstone Press Championshionship outfit will be favourites to progress against League One opposition (2.30pm), but Hay insisted: “We can’t take them lightly.

“They are a pretty good side. They beat Doncaster in the previous round and they knocked Batley off in a trial game. They got relegated last year, but they’ve kept pretty much the whole squad together and I’m sure it will be a tough game. We can’t afford to go there thinking we are going to roll them over – we have got to pick some form up.”

Rovers have been inconsistent this year, but Hay feels they could be at the start of a good run following a crucial win six days ago.

“We turned a corner at Batley last week,” he said. We need to keep going and get some form going, in the league and the Cup.

“We had a good win at Dewsbury, then a tough Easter, but it was a good win last week and we need to get on a roll.”

Hay insisted the Cup is not a distraction from Rovers’ aim of finishing in the Championship’s top-four

“It’s a big thing for us,” he said. “We want to get into the next round and play against a big club and experience everything that goes with it.

“That’s the beauty of the Cup, but we have got to get past North Wales first.”