Bulldogs players say ‘sorry’ with offer to pay supporters’ travel

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Batley players are to fund their supporters’ travel to Leigh next month in an act of repentance.

The Bulldogs hope their generosity will help John Kear’s side atone for their 76-16 defeat by London Broncos in the second round of the Super 8s Qualifiers last Sunday.

A Batley spokesman said: “Immediately after the game, the players who had just suffered the humiliating defeat at London wanted to apologise to the supporters.

“They all agreed to forfeit some of their match payment as a gesture to those supporters to try to say sorry.”

The club say the money will fund fans’ travel to the game at Leigh Sports Village on September 17.

“This must be a unique gesture from any players to pay for supporters’ travel to a game after a poor performance but we hope that it will not happen again,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, Ashton Golding, who is in the Leeds Rhinos’ 19-man squad for tomorrow’s trip to London Broncos, was also in action last night.

Three-quarter Golding, scored two tries for Rhinos under-19s in a 38-34 win over Huddersfield Giants. Joe Sanderson scored two tries and seven goals and Nyle Flynn and Sam Hallas also crossed.

Former Man of Steel Pat Richards has played his last match.

The 34-year-old Catalans Dragons goalkicking winger has been forced to retire due to a knee injury.