Kear says rivals Featherstone can still make the top four shake-up

John Kear
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS will challenge for a place in the Kingstone Press Championship’s top-four, according to the coach of their next opponents.

Batley Bulldogs boss John Kear – whose side have home advantage tomorrow (3pm) – reckons Rovers remain one of the teams to beat, despite their back-to-back home defeats over Easter.

“You’ve got to put things into perspective,” Kear said. “Their four defeats this year have been against Bradford, Leigh, London and Sheffield.

“They are going to be in and around it as the season develops. They’ve had a tough run of fixtures, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they put a run of wins together. We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t start on Sunday.”

Kear added: “We played well at London on Monday, but we were poor against Dewsbury on Good Friday and we have got to address that and move forward.”

Rovers boss Andy Hay regards tomorrow as a must-win game. He said: “Both teams had two defeats over Easter.

“We had two home games and we expected to get some points out of at least one of them, maybe both.

“We went in very positive, but we didn’t come out with anything, which is disappointing.”

Hay insisted: “The mood is good, but it is always a tough game at Batley. We need players to stand up and be counted.”

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