NW Crusaders Preview
Bears back on the road to North Wales
Match Preview by Mike Hyde
After the drama and controversy of last Sunday’s home defeat against Workington, Bears travel up to the Queensway Stadium in Wrexham, North Wales for an away League 1 fixture.
This,as ever, promises to be a good tight game between the Bears and and North Wales Crusaders who are just above them in the table.
But although they are in adjacent spaces in the league, there is a five point gap, Crusaders picking up a respectable seven points from their nine games played so far, while the Bears have played two games less and are still on two points.
Bears fans have seen their team promise so much, and burn so brightly, only to fade away and fail to deliver a result.
Certainly, the Bears are capable of doing more than their league position and recent heavy defeats suggest.
Any Bears fan knows that this is a ‘work in progress’ project as a team is built without reliance on Northern ‘Heartlands’ players.
The Bears’ network of development even spreads into South Wales with the recent tie-up with Merthyr Tydfil based Valley Cougars.
Indeed, with five Welsh players in the squad, it is not inconceivable that there will be more Welshmen representing Coventry then North Wales!!
Recent form, and history, suggests a tight game. Last season the Bears won in Wrexham 16-22, having lost their home fixture, so once again, if only they play as well as they can for 80 minutes.
Bears squad to face Crusaders :
Kameron Pearce Paul
Liam Rice Wilson
Malikhi Lloyd Jones