Bulldogs want fans to embrace Super Saturday

14 September 2011 ..........   Batley Bulldogs new head coach John Kear
14 September 2011 .......... Batley Bulldogs new head coach John Kear

Batley Bulldogs are planning a full day of events around a Super Saturday Kingstone Press Championship game against Swinton Lions (kick off 2pm).

The club had arranged a big double header and invited amateur side Batley Boys to play their BARLA National Cup quarter-final against Nevison Leap at Mount Pleasant immediately after the Bulldogs main event.

With a Batley Boys junior curtain raiser and a Mr and Mrs style quiz involving Bulldogs players Keegan Hirst, Ben Black and George Flanagan afterwards, it was hoped to be a fun-filled family day.

However, Nevison Leap are understood to have given back word on playing the cup tie on a professional ground, and with Kirklees Council calling off this weekend’s matches on their pitches yesterday, the tie will now have to be re-arranged.

Batley are fourth in the Championship following last week’s hard-fought 30-16 victory at Workington but John Kear’s men are just two points behind new leaders Halifax and they will go top for at least 24 hours if they beat Swinton.

With the hectic Easter programme, which sees Batley play Hunslet on Good Friday and at Dewsbury Rams on Easter Monday, Kear moved this weekend’s game to Saturday but Bulldogs officials say they may consider switching other matches if supporters embrace the idea.

Danny Maun and Greg Johnson could both return for the Bulldogs against a Swinton side who lie ninth with nine points from their seven matches and go into the game on the back of a 14-6 victory over Doncaster last week.

Gareth Moore missed the trip to Workington with a leg injury picked up in training.

The Batley Bulldogs Supporters Club meet on Monday (March 25, 8pm) at the Taproom, Commercial Street.