Hunslet to face Barrow Raiders in pre-season clash

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.
Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.
Hunslet have announced a second pre-season game as part of preparations for next month’s Betfred League One kick-off.

The Parksiders had already confirmed they will end a 13-month layoff when they face North Wales Crusaders at South Leeds Stadium on Sunday, April 18.

And coach Gary Thornton has now arranged a second warm-up against National One opposition, with Barrow Raiders set to be the visitors on Sunday, April 25.

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Both games will be played behind closed doors, with a 3pm kick-off, but streamed live on the internet.

Hunslet were top of League One when the first Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March, 2020.

The trial games will be a crucial part of Hunslet’s build-up to their opening competitive fixture at home to Workington Town on Sunday, May 9.

Thornton said: “We’ll give every player plenty of game time in both matches and ensure no one gets overplayed.

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“We haven’t played competitive rugby for 13 months and we have to be cognisant of not over-playing anyone and putting them at risk of injury.”

Thornton expects every member of his squad to be available for this month’s games.

He added: “Half-back Simon Brown is struggling a little with a calf injury, but he should be ok, it’s nothing serious.”

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