UNDERBANK Rangers’ Under 16 squad are looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with victory over East Leeds in the final of the Yorkshire Juniors Continuation Cup at Featherstone Rovers’ Big Fellas Stadium tomorrow (4.00).
The youngsters from The Cross beat Garforth Tigers 16-10 in the semi-final to set up what should prove an entertaining encounter against their Yorkshire Junior League Second Division rivals.
Rangers travel to Featherstone in confident mood after winning four and drawing one of their opening five League games and they will be desperate to become the first Underbank junior team to lift a trophy for 20 years.
And coach Richard Pogson has no doubts his players will rise to the occasion.
“The boys are really excited,” he said. “It is the first time most of them will have ever played at a professional ground, so they’re really looking forward to that.
“But in East Leeds we know we’re going to need to be at our best.
“In my opinion, they are the best team in the league. I think we caught them on an off-day when we beat them earlier in the season, but we are quietly confident we have what it takes and will come away with the cup.
“Unfortunately, we have a couple of injury worries, but we’ll assess that today and put the team together. One player who will be missing is George Heptinstall who also plays with Sheffield Eagles, so that’s a shame.
“To win the cup would be fantastic, not just for the lads but the club as well.
“It’s the first time a junior team from Underbank has reached a major final for 20 years, so I’m extremely proud and hopefully we can come away with the victory tomorrow.”