Coach Sharp praises ‘hard nosed’ Rovers after Batley win

Ashton Golding (left) is congratulated by Rovers teammate Ian Hardman after scoring a try at Batley. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Ashton Golding (left) is congratulated by Rovers teammate Ian Hardman after scoring a try at Batley. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Coach Jon Sharp was delighted with the way Featherstone controlled the game in Sunday’s vital 34-6 win at Batley Bulldogs.

“We showed a steely attitude and were very hard nosed in what we did,” he said.

“We played at the right time and reined it in at the right time at well and I thought that made a massive difference.

“It gave us some energy in the second-half.

“We only used four substitutions in the first-half and one was really late in the first period when we took off Bostock.

“We had lots of changes up our sleeves in the second-half going downhill.”

Sunday’s win kept alive Featherstone’s Championship top-four bid with two matches remaining in the regular season.

“It was a quarterfinal for us at Batley and we’ve won that,” added Sharp.

“Now we are in the semi-final against Halifax next Sunday and we don’t look any further ahead than that.

“It’s a semi-final next Sunday and we know we need to be up another level but should have lots of confidence from the Batley game.”