Championship preview: Keighley v Dewsbury (Sun)

Andy Shickell and Ryan Patchett face late fitness tests as the Keighley Cougars look to force their way into the top eight of the Kingstone Press Championship.

Ninth-placed Keighley are level on points with eighth-placed Workington Town and only two points behind Dewsbury Rams, who are currently seventh.

Cougars coach Paul March said: “We could jump as high as seventh this week, depending on other results.

“Getting in the eight was one of our goals at the beginning of the year and we’re still focused on that.”

Keighley won 36-16 at Swinton Lions last week, recovering from an early 16-0 deficit with a performance that pleased March.

He said: “We’ve found some belief and we showed a lot of character at Swinton. Hopefully that’s installed even more belief in us and we can kick on from here.”

Makali Aizue could come into contention for Dewsbury, who have been warned by coach Glenn Morrison that they must concentrate for longer.

Morrison said: “We were good in the first 15 minutes last week, but then we veered away from that and it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that we started to play footy again.

“We need to be playing well for 80 minutes. Keighley will have lots of confidence and we’re in a competition at the moment with all the teams around us. It’s a vital match for both teams.”

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