Brown: Big Occasion

NATHAN Brown says Friday’s match with Hull FC will be a big occasion for Steve Prescott’s family and the club.

Saints take on the Humbersiders in their first home game of the First Utility Super League season and the first leg of the cup named in their former full back’s honour.

“Steve did a lot for the town and rugby league, created a lot of hope and inspired people too,” he said. “He gave hope to people in bad situations and what he raised under the circumstances and achieved was amazing.

“It will be a special night.”

As well as the bridge that links the town to Langtree Park being renamed in a special ceremony from 5.30pm on Friday, the Club will also pay further tributes too.

They include a past player guard of honour for his sons Taylor and Koby who are mascots for the game, whilst Steve’s brother Neil will take the matchball onto the Langtree Park pitch.

Both teams will also be wearing special commemorative warm up sweatshirts supplied by ISC.

And, the Steve Prescott Foundation will hold a bucket collection too with the Club donating £5 from each PRESCOTT 1 shirt printing to the charity in the run up to the match.

Until then, Brown is preparing his squad for the match after a good win against Warrington.

Hull FC also come into the fixture on the back of victory over Catalan too.

“Hull’s game was a little crazy on Friday,” Brown added. “They were in a tough position, then dominated and deserved the victory. They have big men who can carry the ball well and for us to do well we need to be physically good like we were last week against Warrington.

“Most sides will improve from week one to week two and Hull had good periods when they clicked and we’d expect them to have more of those. We had a good first half, as did Warrington; we were just a fraction better in some areas but both sides dipped in the second.

“Most sides aren’t going to be perfect but will improve going forward.”

Brown expects to name the same 19 man squad that featured at Warrington with Richie Beaumont and Mose Masoe still unavailable for selection.

Carl Forster (London) and Paul Clough (Widnes) are also out on loan too.

Brown added: “Cloughie has been a great servant for Saints and they have been a great fit for each other. He is a good player, a great trainer and will serve Widnes well. With the emergence of Greg Richards, Ant Walker and what we have brought in, competition in the front row is high.

“Mose and Richie are progressing well. If he keeps progressing than Mose will be fit to play against Salford, but he won’t have done much with the team so more than likely, if everything goes to plan, he would play against Hull KR.

“Richie is around the same time, but possibly a week or two later.”

Tickets for Friday’s game now on sale for the clash at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.

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