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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Haven link up with Egremont for training game

WHITEHAVEN had an informal outing against top amateurs Egremont Rangers last night (Wednesday) to give their sidelined players a blow-out.

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Barry Richardson: Thanked fans for their patience during the floodlight failure

The hour-long clash, played in 20 minute sections, after a training session, was expected to include ex-Egremont forward Matty Palmer, Stephen Fox, Bradd Crellin and Shane Ackerley, who have yet to feature in the Championship this term. Coach Dave Woods hailed Egremont for taking part.

“We trained at their ground recently and they have been really good with us,” said Woods, who is looking to take points from Sunday’s trip to in-form Dewsbury (3pm).

“We really need to take points this weekend, and if it’s three, that will be great. It’s what we are aiming for.”

International prop Rodney Pora has submitted a visa application in Papua New Guinea and is expected to touch down at the Recre within a few weeks, arriving in time for either the trip to Hunslet on March 10 or the following week’s derby at Barrow.

Meanwhile, chief executive Barry Richardson has thanked fans for their patience after last Thursday night’s televised clash with Leigh was delayed 45 minutes due to a partial floodlight failure.

It was caused by an electrical problem at a sub station outside the Recre, and the club have now asked for an upgrade to the station to prevent a repeat.

Meanwhile, a fans’ group are widening the scope of their petition calling for the return of promotion and relegation to and from Super League.

The initial response of around 800 supporters to Haven Horizon’s bid to replace the franchise model, adopted at the end of 2008, has heartened the group. And they are now to step up their call to the RFL.

Mike Rothery, Haven Horizon chairman, said: “We are encouraged by the initial response and now hope to push it further.”

This week’s Pride of Five £100 winners are: DL Stewart, Penzance Street, Moor Row, with ticket number 2,436; M Mossop, Moor Place, Frizington, 2,894; D & M Byrne, Springfield Avenue, High Meadows, 271; G Hewitson, Harpur Place, Thornhill, 745; D Honey, Beck Green, Egremont, 1,011.

Chocolate, Blue & Gold Draw: £250 – Graeme Morton; £100 – George Burns; £50 each - Kerry Mathieson, Olivia Richardson, Stan Greaves.

Haven match report and picture, plus Alan Irving’s Eye on the Ball on p43.

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