Magpies take on Spacemen

The Cowra Magpies will be in unknown territory this Sunday when they travel to Parkes to take on the Parkes Spacemen in another double header of the Western Under 18s Youth League.

The Magpies are the first game of the double header, kicking off at 12 noon.

In the second match the Canowindra Tigers will be up against Forbes Magpies at 1pm.

Defence wasn't a weakness for the young Magpies last weekend, they just had to do too much of it.

Defence wasn't a weakness for the young Magpies last weekend, they just had to do too much of it.

The Cowra Magpies are still in search of a win in the Western competition after being soundly defeated by the Dubbo Macquarie Raiders at Sid Kallas in round 2 and drawing with the Wellington Cowboys in round 1.

Ky Johnson, who lead the way for the Magpies in the first quarter of their match last weekend, will be missing this weekend after picking up an ankle injury in the 26-4 loss.

Johnson suffered a suspected grade 2 ligament strain that forced him to leave the field and is expected to be out of action for a couple of weeks.

Ball handling let the Cowra side down last weekend with the side continually finding itself having to work hard in defence, an aspect of the game coach Rory Brien was pleased with despite the final scoreline.

"They just couldn't hold the ball, all they were doing was defending," Brien said.

"The defence was good. Holding the ball was our worst attribute," he said.

The Spacemen drew with Dubbo Macquarie in round 1 of the competition before suffering a round 2 loss, 10-0, at the hands of Dubbo CYMS.

In Sunday's other match the Canowindra Tigers will face tough opposition from the Forbes Magpies who are yet to taste defeat in 2020.

In the first round the Forbes juniors were too strong for Dubbo CYMS 24-12.

Last weekend they took on Group 10 side, the Mudgee Dragons, and were again winners, this time 16-6.

The Tigers started promisingly in their match against the Wellington Cowboys at Sid Kallas Oval last Sunday, leading 6-0 at quarter time.

They then didn't worry the scoreboard attendant for the remainder of the match finally going down 32-6.

"It's a bit of a wake-up call," coach Callum Clyburn said after the loss.

In other matches this weekend Mudgee take on Wellington, Dubbo Macquarie meet Dubbo CYMS, Bathurst St Pats meet Orange Hawks and Lithgow take on Orange CYMS. Panthers has the bye.