Rowe calls on Batley fans to play key role

Prop Alex Rowe admits Bulldogs supporters can play a key role in Sunday's derby against Dewsbury in Blackpool.
Prop Alex Rowe admits Bulldogs supporters can play a key role in Sunday's derby against Dewsbury in Blackpool.

Batley Bulldogs prop Alex Rowe believes victory in Sunday’s derby against Dewsbury Rams can help turn round his side’s fortunes (ko 12.45pm).

The Heavy Woollen derby kicks off Sunday’s programme of matches at the Summer Bash in Blackpool, with an entire round of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures heading to the seaside this weekend.

Batley lost 21-6 at home to the Rams on Good Friday and lie eighth in the table but have produced two vastly improved performances in their last two matches.

Batley earned an impressive 23-10 win at Workington a fortnight ago, while Rowe was among the scorers as the Bulldogs almost pulled off a memorable Challenge Cup shock, before being edged out 26-22 at Super League side Widnes last Sunday.

Rowe said: “Sunday’s game is massive, it could really turn our year around.

“We’re aiming to finish as high as we can over the remainder of the season. Ideally we’d like to aim for the top six, to finish as strong as we can before the season splits.”

Rowe is excited about the prospect of a full round of games being played in Blackpool and admits the Bulldogs fans will have an important part to play.

Rowe added: “It’s a really important game for us on Sunday, especially for the fans, who we’ll need to spur us on.

“Magic Weekend in Super League has been really successful over the last few years so hopefully the Summer Bash can follow in its path.

“The lads are looking forward to a day out in Blackpool. Hopefully it will be a good day out for us to leave with the two points.”

Bulldogs fans have fond memories of Bloomfield Road as they saw Batley lift the 2010 Northern Rail Cup the last time they visited the venue, following a 25-24 victory over Widnes.