PREVIEW: SWINTON LIONS V ROCHDALE HORNETS

17 May 2019

Swinton Lions will face Rochdale Hornets at this weekend’s Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road. Here’s the latest preview…

Swinton Lions travel to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road for the exciting 2019 Summer Bash to face opponents Rochdale Hornets.

Summer Bash returns in 2019 to host round 14 of the Betfred Championship, where the Lions will play their oldest opponents in the Rochdale Hornets.

The sides will meet in the second Championship clash of the afternoon, following Toronto Wolfpack against Toulouse Olympique, with all seven fixtures live on Sky Sports. Lancashire Academy vs Yorkshire Academy kicks off the action-packed weekend, whilst Swinton kick off at 3:30pm.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash…

FORM GUIDE

Swinton enjoyed an extra week of preparations for the Summer Bash, with the Challenge Cup taking place last weekend – which saw league-opponents Bradford Bulls knock out 2017 Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.

Swinton’s last fixture came against Widnes Vikings following their trip to Toronto, which saw the Lions involved in a part of history with a record-breaking crowd at Lamport Stadium.

Swinton celebrated Past Players Day and the 50th anniversary of the Lancashire Cup success against Widnes Vikings, which also saw the team wear the new commemorative shirt which will again be on display this weekend.

The fixture was a close battle, but it was Kieron Purtill’s side that took the league points with a 32-10 victory.

The Hornets faced in-form York City Knights in a rescheduled fixture last weekend, which saw a close battle at the Crown Oil Arena stadium. Just six-points separated the sides at full-time, as John Ford’s men held strong following a flourish of attack from the home side.

Rochdale recently appointed Matt Calland as their new Head Coach following Carl Forster’s departure, which has seen the new manager sign a handful of Rochdale Mayfield products, as well as loan signings from Wigan Warriors.

It’s going to be a tasty fixture at Bloomfield Road this weekend…

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last year the Lions secured their first victory of the season over Rochdale at the 2018 Summer Bash, with tries from Luke Waterworth, George Tyson, Will Hope, Josh Woods and Liam Paisley – whilst Chris Hankinson was 100% with the boot.

Swinton and Rochdale recently faced in the Good Friday derby, with the Lions claiming the league-points after an impressive start at Heywood Road which saw Mike Butt cross for a first-half hat-trick inside 25-minutes.

Teammates Oscar Thomas, Liam Forsyth and Gavin Bennion also crossed for four-pointers, whilst Butt made it four in the second half, with over 800 in attendance to watch the thrilling Championship derby clash.

The Lions are expected to have a big following supporting them this weekend at Bloomfield Road, with plenty purchasing their special commemorative shirt for the occasion.

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TEAM NEWS

Rob Fairclough returns to the starting 13 following his injury, with a strong squad named by Head Coach Stuart Littler. Liam Forsyth also returns from Wigan Warriors on dual-registration.

Mike Butt leads the way for Swinton with 11 league tries so far this season, whilst partner Matty Ashton closely follows with 10.

LIONS SQUAD TO FACE HORNETS: Matty Ashton, Gavin Bennion, Billy Brickhill, Mike Butt, Rob Fairclough, Liam Forsyth, Frankie Halton, Jack Hansen, Lewis Hatton, Adam Jones, Paddy Jones, Jose Kenga, Adam Lawton, Rhodri Lloyd, Liam Paisley, Kyle Shelford, Harry Smith, Luke Waterworth, Jack Wells.

HORNETS SQUAD TO FACE LIONS: Declan Kay, Shaun Ainscough, Scott Moore, Dan Abram, Callum Marriott, Ben Moores, Aidy Gleeson, Harvey Livett, Ellis Robson, Reece Hamlett, Liam Carberry, Dec Gregory, Jack Cottington, Jordan Case, Brandon Wood, James Worthington, Michael Coleman, Luis Johnson.

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