'Momentum key' to Myton Warriors' Grand Final dream
KRIS Walker believes Myton Warriors can take their recent momentum from a thrilling play-off campaign into tomorrow's National Conference Premier League Grand Final.
Cumbrian outfit Wath Brow Hornets stand in the way of Myton making history by winning the inaugural summer competition.
But Walker, who can boast a record of not missing a single game since the club joined the Conference League four years ago, says his side have the edge heading into the contest.
"I am glad we have not had a break because sometimes that disrupts you," Walker told the Mail.
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"We have got a roll on and we will have our rest after one more big 80-minute performance.
"Everyone is really excited. For most of us, it will be our first taste of playing in a final. The spirit around the club is high and there is a real belief we can go on to win it.
"The way we have got to the final is a real testament to the character the players have shown. We never give in and play to the final whistle. The attitude and togetherness we have played with throughout this season has been special."
Keen to ensure his men are at their best for tomorrow's final in Widnes, coach Tony Spence has kept the physical demands on his players minimal at training this week given the demanding period they have come through.
And Walker says the focus has been on the quality of their key plays.
"Training this week has been relaxed. On Tuesday we went for a swim and sauna to help get over the effects of the last few weeks," he said.
"Thursday's session was a case of focussing on running through our set plays and improving our ball control."
The clash also represents Wath Brow's first appearance in the Grand Final, but the village side that stems from the valleys of Cumbria can boast over a hundred years of history as a club.
The Hornets have provided a conveyor belt of talent for the surrounding professional clubs, and dominated the Cumbrian League before joining the Conference Division Two in 2002.
They have won the National Cup on two occasions, which perhaps gives them the edge heading into the clash, as they have experience of playing in big finals.
"Wath Brow are a very good side, Leroy Joe is a big player for them, as are Richard and Matt Huby," Walker added.
"Fran King and Karl Dixon are also a big threat on the edges. It is going to be a really close game and one that could go down to the wire again."
Neither side can boast a win over the other this season, with both meetings ending in draws.
Wath Brow finished as league leaders, though, and their victory over Siddal was enough to send them through the Grand Final.
Their captain and former Hull KR player Leroy Joe said: "This ranks up there with some of the biggest games I have ever played in and is one of the highlights of my career.
"We have been two of the most consistent sides all season and we both deserve to be in the final.
"The two previous games this year have been very close and saw a real tough battle between the forwards.
"We are expecting the same tomorrow and I think the game will be won down the middle.
"Playing on the I-pitch at Widnes is something our guys are really looking forward to, but I don't think it will have an impact on how we play.
"If anything, the big pitch will suit how we both play and you are guaranteed not be ankle-deep in mud, which bodes well for what should be a really good game.
"It's been a long season so I think the break last week helped us get over a few niggling injuries. This final has been the talk of the village and all the locals are really excited."
MYTON will be without Marc Donnelly, Carl Booth and Chris Wainman through injury.