Ambitious Bulldogs hungry for more play-off success
Batley play-maker Gareth Moore is confident the Bulldogs will build on their opening Kingstone Press Championship play-off win over Workington Town by defeating Leigh Centurions when the sides meet at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday (3.00pm).
Moore scored 18 points in Batley’s 68-28 win over Workington and believes they have hit a purple patch at just the right time as they look to take another step towards the Championship Grand Final, which takes place at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday September 29.
“We’re all excited about the game against Leigh this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Moore.
“We know it’s going to be tough, games against Leigh are always tough especially on their own ground, but we know we’re capable of beating any team in the competition and we’ve hit a good run of form at the right time.
“Last season going into the play-offs we were dipping and I think that cost us a lot whereas this year we dipped earlier in the season and we’re starting to hit our top level again and it’s come at the right time and hopefully we can keep that momentum going.”
The Bulldogs finished the regular season just one point behind Leigh and go into this weekend’s game having recently beaten the Centurions 24-18 in the league and Moore is confident Batley can repeat that performance on Sunday.
“Both teams will be up for the game, there’s no question about that,” he said. “We both want to win and get through to the Grand Final and for everyone involved at Batley we know that it would be a massive thing to go all the way.
“We played them a few weeks ago and we had a good result then which helps spur us on. This is a completely different type of game though because we’re into knock-out rugby and there’s no second chances for anyone now.
“We leaked a few points against Workington but we’ve been training hard to build on that and we’re confident that we can go into the game and get the result we want and take another step towards the Grand Final.”
Tickets for the Kingstone Press elimination semi-final, Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs, at the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday September 15 (3.00pm) cost from just £16 adult, £10 concession and £5 junior, and can be purchased by calling the ticket office on 01942 487887.
The 2013 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday September 29 features a feast of first class Rugby League action with three matches kicking off with the Rugby League Conference Challenge Trophy Final, Leigh Miners v Wigan St Patricks, followed by the Championship One Play-off Final and Championship Grand Final. Tickets cost from just £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and can be purchased by visiting; www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.
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