Workington Town player Jarrad Stack is hoping he can play a pivotal role in helping his side progress to the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup by defeating Batley Bulldogs in all-Championship third round tie at Derwent Park Stadium on Sunday March 24.
Stack, who has been at Workington since 2009, has never progressed beyond the third round stage as a player and he’s determined to make amends for that in 2012 as Workington celebrate the 60 year anniversary since they last lifted the Challenge Cup, defeating Featherstone 18-10 in the 1952 final.
“I’m really looking forward to the game,” said Stack. “Personally I’d love to get past the third round and that’s a big driving force for me. I can’t wait to get out there and do my bit for the club and hopefully give us the best chance to progress.
“We don’t focus on the past much as players but we all know it’s a big thing for the club and the fans to celebrate the 60-year anniversary.
“We have a slogan on our shirt to commemorate the last Wembley appearance and we know just how much it means to all the fans and how proud they are of the club’s history and we want to get off to a winning start to celebrate that.”
While Stack is keen to play his part in extending Workington’s proud cup tradition on the pitch he knows Workington have an up-hill battle on their hands against an in-form Batley side.
“Drawing Batley is as tough as start as we could have expected,” he said. “But we’ve got a history of drawing tough games early on so there’s no fear factor for us – we’re up for the game and ready to give it our best.
“We’ll go into this game in a very positive frame of mind with nothing to lose. The pressure is all on Batley and we all know that we can win against any team so our confidence levels are high.
“Our fans are very passionate and we know they’ll come out to support us in force and it would great for us if we could give them an early boost to the season.”
Ticket details for all this weekend’s Carnegie Challenge Cup games can be found here http://therfl.co.uk/news/article/24637/challenge-cup—third-round