Bulldogs trio close to century milestones

Batley's Anthony Nicholson.
Batley's Anthony Nicholson.

A trio of Batley Bulldogs players will be looking to reach career milestones during Sunday’s final match of the Kingstone Press Championship Shield campaign against Hunslet Hawks.

Full-back James Craven and hooker or half-back Anthony Nicholson will make their 100th career appearances if they feature against the Hawks.

Craven has played 14 games for Batley this season having previously appeared 23 times for Keighley in 2014 and 62 for Dewsbury Rams between 2010 and 2013.

Nicholson has played 44 games for Batley since joining the Bulldogs in 2014, having played 35 games for Leigh between 2010 to 2013 and a further 10 matches on loan at Barrow.

Alex Brown’s try at London last week was his 12th in as many appearances since rejoining Batley on loan.

A hat-trick for the flying winger on Sunday will see him reach a career century.

He has scored a total of 54 tries during three spells with Batley to go with 14 for Keighley, 14 for Rochdale one for Gateshead, nine for Hull KR and five for Halifax this season before his loan move to Mount Pleasant.

Former Bulldogs fans favourite Danny Maun requires two tries for Hunslet on Sunday to top 150 in his career.

Maun crossed 94 times during two spells at Batley between 2001 to 2004 and 2008 to 2013.

He also scored 10 for Featherstone, 27 for Dewsbury and 17 for current club Hunslet.

Former Bulldogs player Tommy Gallagher needs just one more appearance to reach the 250 career milestone.

Gallagher played 28 games for Batley during two spells in 2007 and 2010.

He has also played 33 games for current club Swinton Lions and made five representative appearances for Ireland.

Stand-off Paul Handforth needs one appearance to reach 350 for his career.

Handforth made 66 appearances for Batley between 2009 to 2011 and has featured 47 times for current club Keighley Cougars.

Handforth played for Ireland nine times and, like Gallagher, made one appearance for the Super League Under-21s representative side.