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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 :  

  1. Harry Chapman

  2. Dante Morley-Samuels

  3. Jacob Ogden

  4. Kameron Pearce Paul

  5. Reece Rance

  6. Liam Rice Wilson

  7. Ben Stead

  8. James Geurtjens

  9. Richie Hughes

  10. Peter Ryan

  11. Ash Bateman

  12. Ben Gray

  13. Harry Kaufman

  14. Lewis Lord

  15. Malikhi Lloyd Jones

  16. John Aldred

  17. Zak Williams

  18. Cameron Stewart

  19. Brad Sheridan

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