Places up for grabs at Featherstone

Tim Spears is missing for Featherstone this weekend. Picture: Tony Johnson
Tim Spears is missing for Featherstone this weekend. Picture: Tony Johnson
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COACH Jon Sharp feels topping the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table is a good achievement by his Featherstone Rovers team.

With one game remaining, Rovers are three points clear of second-placed Dewsbury Rams.

That means they will be at home to Workington Town, who will finish fourth, in the Shield semi-final.

“I am really pleased with it,” said Sharp, whose side have won five of their six games in the Shield.

“I am pleased because we have a really young team and an inexperienced team, with not many games under their belt for the vast majority of them.

“It is a big thumbs-up for the development of the club, the young players coming through and the belief within them.”

Rovers face third-placed London Broncos at Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday and Sharp insisted: “That is not a dead-rubber, spots are up for grabs.

“We said that before the Hunslet game last Friday, the team for the semis has not been picked. We need to have some confidence coming out of the London game because Workington will be a big challenge for us. We beat them up there, but that was the best we’ve played since I’ve been at the club and it had to be.”

Tim Spears suffered a broken nose and a tight hamstring in the 18-10 win at Hunslet, but is expected to be available for Sunday.

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