Derby-day Shield clash is a must-win for Bulldogs and Rovers

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS and visitors Batley Bulldogs are approaching Monday’s Kingstone Press Shield clash as a must-win game, for differing reasons.

Rovers are top of the table and boss Jon Sharp said: “We’ve hit some decent form, We have worked hard to get to this stage and we’ve got to try and keep that momentum.

“We want to win the Shield competition and it gives me an opportunity to look at some young players and give everybody a chance.

“The young players have come in and done really well and that is a massive plus.”

Sharp expects a battle tomorrow. He added: “They are a desperate team and they will be dangerous. In this division you have to be on your mettle, because most teams can beat each other.”

Bulldogs’ John Kear said: “We’ve got to try and win every game, that’s the top and bottom of it. The losses to Workington and Dewsbury hurt us, but beating Doncaster last week keeps us in the chase for the play-offs.

“We’ve still got Whitehaven to play and Workington have got to play Whitehaven, so you never know.

“We have just got to look after ourselves and pick up as many wins as we can.”

Of Rovers, Kear said: “I have been really impressed by some of the younger players who played against Workington.

“Jon Sharp has got to be credited for giving them a go and they played some good stuff.”