New test for Fylde try hero

Rath - change of role?
Rath - change of role?
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Promising Ben Rath will have a new role for Fylde on Saturday as he switches to full-back for the trip to Coventry.

It was Rath who scored Fylde’s try of the season in their latest National League One fixture, a win over Rosslyn Park that put paid to the Londoners’ unbeaten record.

Rath scored that try from over 75 yards, beating off several men with his speed and the quality of his footwork - he was on the wing that day, buton Saturday he will don the number 15 jersey.

Warren Spragg returns on the wing.

The young speedster is enjoying the best of both worlds – while playing for Fylde, he is also undergoing the benefits of full-time training with Championship club Rotherham Titans.

Rath said that the try was ‘up there’ with the best he had scored.

The try came at a pivotal moment in the match - a move by Rosslyn Park, which could have ended with them regaining the lead, had just broken down before Rath’s counter-thrust.

He said “It was a good try, well-worked from the team - I was lucky to get a quick pass-away, which allowed me some room and I managed to get away from a few people.

“Rosslyn Park had put us under a lot of pressure on our 22.”

Rath is not expecting a first team call from Rotherham, but both clubs are happy with his progress.

Rath said: “I had been full-time at Rotherham during the week – training with ball in hand has helped my confidence and I am enjoying it - if I am not needed by Rotherham, I come back on Thursday and train with Fylde.

“I couldn’t wish to be at a better club than Fylde – it suits my style of play. I get a lot of ball and couldn’t ask for more.”

Forwards Simon Griffiths and Steve McGinnis are unavailable – flanker Joe Robinson returns after a shoulder injury, with Pete Altham getting a chance up front.

Fylde: Rath; Spragg, C Briers, Barrow, Brennand; Johnson, De La Harpe; Birchall, Rylance, Altham, Gore, Arnold, Robinson, Stewart, Beaumont. Replacements: Lewis, Burtonwood, Thompson, Wallwork, S Briers.