NRC Preview: Batley v Swinton

Batley coach Karl Harrison will hope to maintain his side’s unbeaten record when they host Swinton Lions on Sunday.

The Bulldogs drew 30-30 with Widnes before winning 34-26 at Whitehaven on Wednesday.

Lee Greenwood (hip) missed the trip to Cumbria and will be checked later in the week before Harrison finalises his line up.

Lions coach Paul Smith is keeping his fingers crossed that Richie Hawkyard will fit for Sunday’s game, although Lee Wingfield is likely to need another week on the sidelines before he can return to action.

Smith said: “We were patchy against Doncaster, but I was pleased with the character we showed. We didn’t panic, we stuck to the game-plan and we managed to grind out the win.”

He added: “I know Batley are a very tough team at their own place. I’m expecting a big challenge against a team in the division above us but it will be good for us to face that level.”

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