Preview: Dewsbury v Batley


Pat Walker returns for Dewsbury to boost Rams coach Warren Jowitt’s options ahead of a busy Easter schedule.

Anthony England is also available, leaving only Josh Tonks and Adam Hayes on the sidelines.

Jowitt said: “We’ve just about got a clean bill of health, which is a good position to be in because it’s a busy period coming up.

“This game against Batley will be another blood-and-thunder clash. They’ve come off a good win against Widnes, while we’re off a poor game against Sheffield.

“However, we beat Batley only a couple of weeks ago so there are plenty of ingredients to suggest it should be a good game.”

Jason Walton (shoulder) is Batley’s main doubt from last week’s 32-12 win over Widnes Vikings.

Bulldogs coach Karl Harrison said: “I thought we were super (against Widnes). The players are 100 per cent behind the cause at this club.

“We’ve created a special bond here. We’ve got all local players and we’re very much together as a unit. We may get beat, but it won’t be for the lack of trying. We’ll never give in.”

On the Easter programme, which sees Batley travel to Dewsbury before hosting Sheffield on Monday, Harrison added: “We’ll get on, play the cards we’ve been dealt and just try to pick up some results.”


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