Rowley: Our players and fans need to be at their best for Fev Cup clash

Leigh face Featherstone in the Tetley's Challenge Cup on Sunday. Photo: SWPIX.COM
Leigh face Featherstone in the Tetley's Challenge Cup on Sunday. Photo: SWPIX.COM

TWO of the Kingstone Press Championship’s heavyweights have the quarter finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup in their sights when they meet on Sunday.

Leigh Centurions – currently top of the table and with 10 wins in all competitions – face the Championship’s most consistent team of recent years Featherstone Rovers at the Sports Village.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter and Leigh boss Paul Rowley has told the fans they have a major part to play on Sunday.

“The players need to be at their best and so do the fans,” said Rowley

“Our supporters have been magnificent in recent weeks. They stuck with us at Halifax when we came back from 24-0 down to win and were fantastic on Good Friday against Swinton.

“We need them to be in good voice again on Sunday because it really does lift the players.

“There is a feeling that the club is going places and the fans are responding.”

More than 2,200 saw Leigh beat Swinton last Friday – a considerable increase of more than 600 on the same game last year. Another good attendance is anticipated on Sunday with Featherstone offering fans subsidised travel across the Pennines.

“All the signs are that it will be a good Cup atmosphere,” said Rowley. “We are all looking forward to it.

“Featherstone are one of the biggest clubs in the Championship. They are playing well and will be coming here full of confidence.

“But we are a confident side too. We are undefeated in 2014 and that’s a record we are fiercely proud of and desperate to keep.”