Attention turns away from league matters this Sunday as Barrow Raiders face Featherstone Rovers for a place in the 1895 Cup final.
Both sides are just 80 minutes away from appearing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 28 May, and it promises to be an entertaining afternoon of cup rugby in Cumbria.
With Rovers currently top the Betfred Championship and in fine form of late, it could well be a difficult assignment for a Raiders side looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats.
Sunday’s match kicks off at 2:00pm at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.
The fixture is also being streamed live on OurLeague.
As the only remaining unbeaten side in the Betfred Championship this season, Brian McDermott’s Featherstone side will arrive in Cumbria full of confidence this weekend.
Having been knocked out of the Betfred Challenge Cup in late-March by Catalans Dragons – despite a spirited display in Perpignan – the 1895 Cup remains a route of silverware for Rovers, should they overcome Paul Crarey’s side.
Sunday’s visitors were worthy winners when the sides met in the Betfred Championship on Good Friday, and with a squad laden with Super League and NRL talent, they will have their eyes fixed on a trip to the capital later this month.
However, cup rugby often throws up plenty of surprises, and the Raiders will be keen to cause an upset in front of a vocal crowd on home soil.
Paul Crarey preview
Head coach Paul Crarey has shared his thoughts ahead of Sunday’s fixture.
🎟️ 1895 CUP SEMI-FINAL | It's a 2pm kick off!
Get behind the boys.
— Barrow Raiders (@BarrowRaiders) May 6, 2022
Ellis Gillam preview
Barrow Raiders are ready to play without fear against in-form Featherstone Rovers in the 1895 Cup semi-finals, says front-rower Ellis Gillam. Read more here.
Sunday’s fixture at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium kicks off at 2:00pm.
Match tickets are priced as follows:
- Adults: £12
- Concessions (Over 65s): £10
- Juniors: Free
Buy your tickets for Sunday’s 1895 Cup semi-final.