Featherstone Rovers aiming to seize Wembley opportunity against Widnes Vikings

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are one win away from playing in a Wembley cup final for the first time in almost 40 years.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 6:00 am
Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. Picture: Getty Images.
Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. Picture: Getty Images.

James Webster’s side take on Widnes Vikings in the semi-final of the 1895 Cup on Sunday afternoon at Post Office Road, looking for a victory that will see them play under the famous arch next month.

Rovers last Wembley appearance was in 1983 when they shocked Hull FC to lift the Challenge Cup.

The final of the 1895 Cup will act as a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup final on July 17. Rovers earned their place in the last four of the competition after reaching the third round of the Challenge Cup.

They are one of the Championship’s form teams, having won all of their league games despite some injury problems and Webster is relishing the opportunity to take his team to Wembley.

“Not just Championship players but Super League players don’t get the chance to walk out at Wembley very often,” said Webster.

“It is a fantastic idea by the RFL. We are looking forward to the chance to try and get there. Widnes and Featherstone are two clubs who have a really strong history in cup competitions at Wembley.

“We are excited about the chance now. Widnes have hit some form over the last couple of weeks but we hope we are going to get some players back.

“It is a great opportunity for us, it is just a shame the crowd will probably be limited.”

York City Knights take on Swinton Lions in the other semi-final at 2pm while Rovers kick off at 4pm.

Jack Bussey, Luke Cooper, Josh Hardcastle, Jacob Doyle and James Harrison are all in the frame to return from injury while the game will come too early for Brett Ferres and Dale Ferguson.