Championship preview: Swinton v Barrow

Swinton Lions coach Ian Watson will be forced to make at least one change to the side that beat Gateshead Thunder 66-6 last week.

Watson said: “We have lost Darren Hawkyard through suspension for one match, Jack Cooper is out with a knee injury and Liam Fishwick has done something to his ankle ligmaments.

“We are quite a small squad, so it’s a shame we have lost those three, but the good news is Ben Warrilow came through the game OK last week, as did Richie Hawkyard, and they’re both in contention.”

Caretaker Barrow Raiders coach Phil Atkinson has urged his players to get ready to face Swinton “head on”.

Atkinson watched as Barrow recorded a nervous 18-10 win over Milford Marlins last week.

But his focus immediately switched to league action and the hunt for a second win of the season.

Atkinson said: “We have got to get back and work hard at training through the week to get ready to meet Swinton head-on.”

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