Bulldogs star going for Northern Rail gold
Batley full-back Miles Greenwood believes the Bulldogs squad’s previous experience of both glory and heartache in past Northern Rail Cup finals will spur the team on in this year’s competition.
The Bulldogs are just one win away from securing a place in the 2013 Northern Rail Cup final but standing in their way are 2011 winners Leigh Centurions, who they face in a semi-final at Leigh Sports Village on Thursday June 27 (7.30pm).
“There’s a good mix in the Batley team of past experience in the Northern Rail Cup. Some of us have got to the final, some have won it and some like me have lost it,” said Greenwood.
“I think that kind of experience can help motivate the squad as the ones who have won it previously have shared their experiences of how good it felt to win and the celebrations that come with it both for the club and the town.
“Winning the Northern Rail Cup was definitely one of our targets for the season and we are only 80 minutes away from reaching the final and making it happen. We are all determined to make it count.
“We have a hunger and desire to win the Northern Rail Cup but we know Leigh are a great team and it’s going to be a tough match, it certainly won’t be easy.”
The Bulldogs go into Thursday’s televised game aiming to avenge the 20-0 defeat the Centurions inflicted on them when the sides last met at the Leigh Sports Village in the league and for Greenwood, who was on the losing end against Leigh in the 2011 Northern Rail Cup final, victory this week would be even sweeter.
“We suffered a bad defeat in the league against Leigh earlier on in the year and we definitely want revenge,” he said. “We are under no illusion how hard and intense the game will be but we have to believe we can do it.
“John Kear is an excellent coach and his passion and motivation rubs off on to all the players. His motivational speeches before kick- off certainly inspire us as we take to the field so we’ll be going into the game confident.
“To get to the final would be massive for all of us. I have only played in one final and was against Leigh and we lost – that has only made me hungrier to win it this year.
“The club deserves to win some silverware, it’s a great club, we have a great team spirit and most importantly we all have that desire to win and hopefully we can do it for the fans as well.
“The Batley fans are everything, as a player you can tire in matches but when you hear the crowd singing and chanting it gives you a new lease of life. Leigh always have a good crowd so we need as many Batley fans as possible to make the trip across to Leigh to help us get through to the final.”
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