Fans are praised for behaviour at cup tie

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt (pictured) has thanked supporters for their excellent behaviour at Saturday’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie against Castleford Tigers at Bigfellas Stadium.

“The atmosphere created by the fans was superb,” he said.

“In front of a national TV audience the supporters did the club proud and I’d like to thank them for their behaviour.

“We worked closely with our security partners and West Yorkshire Police to ensure the game was incident free and we’ve received some excellent feedback.

“The club would like to thank Rovers supporters for creating a carnival atmosphere which undoubtedly drove the players on.”

Mr Poskitt added: “Beating Castleford Tigers was an achievement for the fans but it was no shock.

“We have been by far the best team outside Super League for two years now and our performances week in and week out would enable us to compete with several Super League teams.

“Saturday gave us the chance to demonstrate and we took the opportunity to show every Rugby League fan that Featherstone Rovers mean business both on and off the field.

“We must all remember that Castleford Tigers were just a kick away from Wembley last year. The victory gives a clear indication that we are building something special at the Bigfellas Stadium.

“I don’t think we could have been rewarded with a better tie in the fifth round than Wigan Warriors at home. It is another terrific game to plan for.”

Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell said: “Rovers were deservedly winners and I’m proud to see the players perform when it mattered against our close neighbours.

“Saturday’s win was not only a win for us but for the Carnegie Challenge Cup itself.

“Some fans will see the result as a shock as we are a league below Castleford but we knew it would be a tight game and I’m delighted we won and it is a great reward for everybody associated with Featherstone Rovers who put in a lot of hard work to create such a fantastic club.

“I would also like to applaud the fans who were brilliant on Saturday. They were the 18th man and they helped us over the line when the players had to dig deep.

“I’m proud to be leading the club and will continue to develop the club both on and off the field.

“With our board of directors, the new strategic management board and current employees this club has sufficient experience, knowledge and both the business and commercial acumen to build a long-term self-sustaining club.”

Probiz founder Feisal Nahaboo, whose company are the main shirt sponsors for both Featherstone and Castleford Tigers, attended the game.

He said: “I was proud to be closely associated with both clubs. Both teams contributed towards a memorable televised spectacle.

“Sky Sports were right to screen the game as it was always the potential upset of the Round. Featherstone Rovers were confident going into the game and as a unit they bonded and defended like cornered lions.

“It was difficult to tell who was the Super League team which is great testimony that Featherstone Rovers have proven they deserve the opportunity to play the best every week.

“For Featherstone Rovers to entertain Wigan Warriors is a fitting reward and an opportunity for me to watch yet another two Probiz commercial partners competing in this famous cup competition.

“I’m sad for my friends at Castleford for their disappointment.

“Castleford fans are honest people and they will accept defeat graciously and the club will be back to winning ways in the Super League.

“Many people with significant voices in the game have agreed that it is time that Featherstone return to the Super League.

“Too many clubs in Super League have gone into administration over the past two years.

“The game has to change and evolve and Featherstone Rovers can compete both on and off the field with the very best and we will show that.”