Bulldogs aim to stun Vikings with cup win

Bulldogs winger Wayne Reittie scored a terrific individual try as Batley defeated Workington last Sunday.
Bulldogs winger Wayne Reittie scored a terrific individual try as Batley defeated Workington last Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs will aim to spring a major Ladbrokes Challenge Cup upset on Sunday when they travel to Widnes Vikings (ko 3.30pm).

It is 90 years since Batley defeated Widnes in the Challenge Cup and 25 years since the sides last met in rugby league’s premier knock-out competition.

However, the Bulldogs were huge underdogs when they defeated Widnes 25-24 in a thrilling Northern Rail Cup Final at Bloomfield Road back in 2010.

The task Batley face at Widnes was emphasised last week when the Vikings became only the third team this season to beat Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos.

John Kear’s Bulldogs ended a five-match losing run in the Kingstone Press Championship when they overcame Workington Town 23-10 last Sunday.

Scott Leatherbarrow returned to form as he landed four goals and tagged on a drop goal for good measure, while Wayne Reittie scored following a brilliant 80 metre run to the line.

James Craven has also returned from a serious knee injury and he too was among the scorers at Derwent Park as Batley ended their losing streak to move into eighth place ahead of several crucial Championship fixtures.

Victory on Sunday would send Batley into the cup quarter-finals and Kear has a renowned pedigree of producing shocks on the big Challenge Cup stage.

Children under 16 years old can attend Sunday’s tie free of charge but must obtain a ticket before the game.

Adult ticket prices have been slashed to £10 and Batley supporters can buy them from the club today, tomorrow and Saturday morning.

There is a £3 increase in the price if tickets are bought direct from Widnes on matchday.