Rovers disband reserve team

Featherstone were one of only nine sides that entered a team in this seasons competition.
Featherstone were one of only nine sides that entered a team in this seasons competition.

Featherstone Rovers have decided to disband their reserve side from this year’s competition.

Rovers played their final fixture this season last night at Dewsbury Rams. The game was abandoned after 65 minutes because of floodlight failure with the Rams leading 28-10.

It was only Featherstone’s third game this year.

They won 42-22 at Keighley Cougars on March 3 and lost 62-10 at home to a strong Hull FC team on March 17.

They were due to host Warrington Wolves on March 31 but that game was postponed and re-arranged for August 25 because the Super League club were worried they would not have enough cover if the first-team picked up any injuries.

Featherstone were one of only nine sides that entered a team in this season’s competition.

A Rovers spokesman said: “Lack of regular fixtures, with one Super league not wanting to play against Championship sides and two others moving their respective games against Rovers to August and September, plus the withdrawal of Sheffield Eagles leaving three more blank dates, did nothing to help the continuity for the players and coaching staff who want to have regular football.

“In fact. we have had requests from our players who wish to return to the community game in order to be able to play on a weekly basis.

“It is disappointing that, despite the best endeavours of the RFL, more clubs did not take up the opportunity to take part in this competition and the decision to withdraw has not been taken lightly.

“We will continue to monitor those players who have made up our Reserve squad and we would be keen to enter a team into the 2017 competition should there be sufficient numbers to allow a meaningful fixture list.”