Strong Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers line ups

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers and Batley Bulldogs both have strong squads to select from as they prepare for tough away games in the Co-op Championship tomorrow.

Forward Matty Dale has recovered from a calf injury and was in the Rovers squad which jetted to Toulouse today.

“He has done everything in training, he has looked pretty comfortable and I am happy he is ready to go,” said boss Daryl Powell.

“The starting 13 will probably be unchanged, but Matty is a quality player and if he is right, he will be the the squad somewhere – most likely on the bench.”

Mufaro Mvududu has also been added to the players who won at champions Halifax last week.

Powell is confident his side’s early-season injury crisis is finally beginning to ease.

He revealed Ross Divorty could return from a long-term knee injury next week, but Liam Welham (knee) is facing another three weeks on the sidelines and Michael Haley (groin) is a fortnight away.

Batley will travel to Barrow Raiders without Ash Lindsay, who picked up a two-game ban after the RFL discipliary committee found him guilty of “making dangerous contact resulting in an unacceptable risk of injury to an opposition player” during the defeat at Featherstone two weeks ago. He was also fined £50, for behaving “in a manner contrary to the spirit of the game”.

Coach Karl Harrison said: “With the way the game is going, it was the correct ban.

“If it had been my player involved I would not have been happy, but you see 10 of those tackles in every game.”

Gareth Moore, Alex Brown and Danny Maun are back in contention after being dropped for last weekend’s home win over Hunslet Hawks.

Batley coach Matt Diskin.

Batley Bulldogs v Featherstone Rovers: We’ll need to be at our best for derby, claim rival bosses