Byron Smith

Club chairman Kevin Nicholas has issued a plea to the townsfolk of Batley.

With the Bulldogs riding high in second place in the Kingstone Press Cider Championship, Nicholas has issued a rallying cry to entice the Batley public to come up to the Stadium and be part of the club's current successes: "Everyone at Batley is on a high after our win at Dewsbury on the back of being undefeated at home and now riding high at second in the league. Things on the field could not be going much better. We now also want to perform well in the Challenge Cup beginning this weekend against Gateshead. We want to keep winning and do the Town proud but we need HELP by as many people as possible coming to support us," stated Nicholas.

"As we continue to enjoy success we are struggling financially and we just need as much help as we can get if we are to progress as we want to. These are exciting times, we are playing some great rugby and anybody who can come to watch us this week will be entertained and hopefully it will be a bit warmer!

"As well as rugby we provide great food and drink to make the afternoon an enjoyable experience for all. Can people just help us by giving it a try if they have not been before and come back and support us if they have not been for a while. If we can improve our crowds, not only will it help our finance in the short term but it will enable us to compete with the best in our League both on and off the field and make the powers that be take notice of us and give us the respect of a leading Championship side with a top coach and a set-up second to none in our League.

"In the Challenge Cup we have done well in recent years progressing to the Quarter-Final against Catalans and matching Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos almost to the point of a major upset. If we can progress this weekend we are again hopeful of competing well against whoever the draw throws at us and hopefully at home. Just come up and cheer us on and be part of our success."

The people of Batley have the opportunity to respond this Sunday, when the Bulldogs entertain Gateshead Thunder (kick-off 2.00pm) in the Third Round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.


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