Rovers out to spoil Leigh’s party

Featherstone coach Andy Hay
Featherstone coach Andy Hay

FEATHERSTONE coach Andy Hay says his side will need to be at their best in tomorrow night’s Kingstone Press Championship top-of-the-table clash at Leigh.

Paul Rowley’s side can secure the Leaders Shield with a win against a team they’ve already beaten Rovers twice this season.

“It’s up to the 17 to go out and put a marker down for the rest of the season,” said Hay.

“We know what we’ve got to do. We are massive underdogs going into Friday’s game and I don’t suppose that happens very often for Featherstone.

“It’s a challenge for us and we’ll see where we are at. We’ve been up and down in the last few months and it’s a question of the players’ character now.

“They’ve dropped off a bit in games where maybe they think they are going to win and it’s been quite easy but this is isn’t going to be one of those times.

“Every player is going to have to give everything they’ve got because Leigh are a very good side.”

Earlier in the season, Leigh beat Featherstone in successive weeks - knocking them out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup before winning at Post Office Road in the league.

The second of those defeats saw the departure of Hay’s predecessor John Bastian as head coach.

Featherstone have recently found their form and are aiming for their fifth straight win tomorrow.

“It will be a tough challenge for us but we are going there with plenty of confidence,” added Hay.

“We’ve had some decent results in the last few weeks but we’ll have to be at our best on Friday.

“Leigh are a great attacking side and defensively we’ll have to be good. They’ve got some smart players and I really like Martyn Ridyard.

“They move the ball around really well and have a couple of good hookers and some speed out wide. We’ll have to be good, especially in defence.

“They have been talking about the Leigh match for a couple of weeks and I’ve no doubt they will be up for it. We are going there not over confident but knowing that we can try to push Leigh a little bit harder than other teams probably have done in the last few weeks.”