MATCH PREVIEW: SWINTON LIONS V DEWSBURY RAMS

08 February 2020

Check out the match preview as Swinton Lions welcome Dewsbury Rams in the second round of the 2020 Betfred Championship.

Swinton Lions open their home account in the Betfred Championship as they host Dewsbury Rams on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. 

Tickets will be available on the gate at Heywood Road, priced at £18 for adults, £15 for concessions and children under the age of 16, just £2.

FORM GUIDE

The Lions got off to a promising start to the new season as they defeated Whitehaven away from home 14-0 last weekend. 

It was the first time since 1994 away to Highfield that Swinton have managed to prevent the opposition from scoring a single point on their own turf, so head coach Stuart Littler will be very pleased with his side’s performance. 

Meanwhile the Rams lost 36-10 at home to Leigh Centurions in a very underwhelming and unconvincing performance. 

In the league games between the sides last season, Dewsbury defeated Swinton 38-24 at the Tetley’s Stadium in February, but Swinton got their revenge in May when they won 22-17 at Heywood Road in a captivating affair.

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The clubs then faced in the 1985 Cup in June as Dewsbury came out 44-26 winners at home and ended Swinton’s run in the competition. 

Despite Sunday’s game being against a more established side than Whitehaven, if you consider Swinton’s win in their last home game against the Rams and the strong start to the campaign they’ve made, the Lions will be confident of getting another win on Sunday. 

So come in numbers, get behind your Lions and let’s make Heywood Road an intimidating place for the opposition to come to.

MATCH STATS

Swinton have won just three of the last 10 meetings between the two sides, their last victory coming in the most recent league tie between the two at Heywood Road in May 2019.

Last five meetings:

Dewsbury 44, Swinton 26 (1895C-R2, 2/6/19)

Swinton 22, Dewsbury 17 (ChR15, 26/5/19)

Dewsbury 38, Swinton 24 (ChR3, 17/2/19)

Dewsbury 40, Swinton 7 (CSR1, 12/8/18)

Swinton 29, Dewsbury 28 (ChR19, 1/7/18)

TEAM NEWS

Stuart Littler makes one change to his squad from Sunday’s victory at the Recreation Ground as Tayler Brown replace Ryan Gray.

LIONS SQUAD TO FACE RAMS: Gavin Bennion, Billy Brickhill, Louis Brogan, Mike Butt, Mitch Cox, Rob Fairclough, Sam Grant, Frankie Halton, Jack Hansen, Lewis Hatton, Paddy Jones, Jose Kenga, Richard Lepori, Rhodri Lloyd, Ben Morris, Deane Meadows, Oscar Thomas, Luke Waterworth, Brandon Wood.

RAMS SQUAD TO FACE LIONS: Joe Martin, Andy Gabriel, Adam Ryder, Matty Fleming, Will Oakes, Paul Sykes,Liam Finn, Frazer Morris, Dom Speakman, Michael Knowles, Chris Annakin, Sam Day, Liam Johnson, Connor Scott, Martyn Reilly, Davey Dixon. Sonny Esslemont, Morgan Punchard, Luke Nelmes, Jon Magrin, Matty Gee

TICKETS

DEWSBURY TICKETS

Tickets will be available on the gate for the visit of Dewsbury Rams at Heywood Road, priced at £18 for adults, £15 for concessions and children under the age of 16, just £2.

BATLEY TICKETS

Also available at Heywood Road will be tickets for our round three Championship clash against Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday, 16 February. Buying directly from the club ensures that Swinton retains 20% of all sales.

You can purchase your ticket for the game tomorrow at Heywood Road. Tickets are priced as follows:
Adults: £20
Concessions: £15
Juniors: £5
Junior season ticket holders: FREE

SEASON TICKETS UPDATE

Owing to the extended deadline to Season Ticket sales, in conjunction with technical matters over the implementation of a brand new online ticketing system, we regret that 2020 Season Tickets will not now be available until ahead our second home league game of the season (1st March, Leigh Centurions).

If you have purchased a 2020 Season Ticket, it will of course still be possible to gain free access to our home game against Dewsbury Rams this coming Sunday (9th February, kick-off 3pm). A full list of Season Ticket holders will be held on the main gate, and you will simply be checked in without need for an actual ticket.

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