Batley Bulldogs have acted swiftly to arrange a pre-season friendly against Hunslet Hawks for Sunday January 31, kick off 2pm.
Batley were in danger of being under-prepared for the new Kingstone Press Championship season after last Sunday’s game against a Heavy Woollen Select was postponed due to heavy snow.
With big spending Leigh Centurions due at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium for the season opener on February 7, Batley coach John Kear was keen to arrange another warm-up game for his side.
Kear said: “There were too many logistical difficulties to be able to re-arrange the Heavy Woollen game but we needed another game to allow everybody in the squad to play and we would like to thank Hunslet for stepping in. They have certainly helped us out.”
Batley will hope to get a first run out of 2016 when they entertain North Wales Crusaders this Saturday (ko 2pm).
Kear looks set to play 22 or 23 players against the Crusaders and knows the importance of the next two weekends as he aims to have the squad fully prepared for the visit of Leigh.
Kear added: “Leigh have had some really good preparation. They played a Wigan side who included five of their Grand Final team and looked very sharp and deserved their win.
“They now play Warrington this Sunday which should stand them in good stead.
“We have not had as much time as I would have liked out on the field, so getting some game time is vitally important.
“I expect North Wales and Hunslet to be among the front runners in League One and they should provide tough opposition.
“It is also good that both matches are at home as it give our new players chance to get used to playing on the uniqueness of our pitch.”