Batley unchanged for Leigh clash

Batley could field an unchanged side after coming through last week’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final with no new injuries.

Karl Harrison’s men saw off Sheffield in a 26-16 victory. Harrison said: “It was a brave, gutsy performance last week.”

He added: “I’m really pleased for the guys because we’ve come through a tough period.”

Sunday’s clash is likely to provide a league debut for new signing Mick Govin, who gave glimpses of his quality during last week’s win against the Eagles.

“Mick has been with us a couple of weeks, and I thought he had a great input to the game,” said Harrison.

Leigh assistant coach Paul Rowley revealed that his squad contains “a few bumps and bruises”, but he is hopeful of being able to pick from full strength again this weekend.

Rowley said: “There are still areas that we feel we can improve on, despite our win at Hunslet last week.”

Paul Smith could also make his Centurions debut after agreeing a deal until the end of the season.

Rowley confirmed: “Paul will be in contention for this game against Batley. He adds more strength in depth to our squad and he’s a very experienced player. He’s looking for an opportunity, and we’re offering him an opportunity to enjoy playing.”

On Batley, Rowley said: “They’ve kicked on since we last played them and they’ll be pleased with where they are at this stage of the season. We’ll have a look back at our previous encounter, and we’re aware of what they can do. We’ll have to be very good in all areas to get the points.”

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