Rovers coach: We need to push ourselves

Featherstonne Rovers coach Andy Hay. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Featherstonne Rovers coach Andy Hay. Picture: Bob Nunn.
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Coach Andy Hay believes Featherstone Rovers can ‘kick on’ from Sunday’s 48-24 win at Swinton Lions.

Rovers retained second place in the Kingstone Press Championship with an improved display against Swinton after the previous week’s shock defeat at Rochdale which came after the behind-the-scenes turmoil involving majority shareholder Feisal Nahaboo, who announced he was no longer investing in the club.

Hay says matters have now “calmed down” ahead of this Sunday’s home game against Batley Bulldogs when Featherstone will be seeking a league double following last month’s 32-26 victory at Mount Pleasant.

“It’s been tough for the players and for me and the rest of the staff. There was just a bit of uncertainty as well but it’s now sort of calmed down,” said Hay.

“Mark Campbell (chairman) has been really good. He has come in to speak to the boys on a couple of occasions which has given them a bit more assurance. It’s now settling down and last Sunday’s win will help with that.

“We needed a win and a decent performance against Swinton so we can kick on from that now.

“We are expecting a tough game against Batley but we are now in a better position than we were two weeks ago.

“We’ve got to get back to what we do and that’s get results on the field. We know we’ve a big task ahead, we just need to get the performance right and come up with the wins.”

Featherstone are two points ahead of Halifax and Doncaster following last weekend’s results when Fax drew at Batley and Doncaster inflicted leaders Leigh first league defeat of the season.

“We need to push ourselves,” added Hay.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the best from us all year yet. If we can get that form going into the back end of the year it will do us well.

“It’s not so long ago that we played Batley so we know about them. We got our noses in front at Mount Pleasant but they never gave in and probably finished a bit stronger than us.

“Batley are a tough team and have some good forwards and some nice skill in the backs as well

“We are still looking at our own performance. We are moving forward steadily but we know what we’ve got to expect against teams like Batley. We know what they are going to do to try to beat us.

“There are no teams giving in and each week there has been a different twist in the tale and teams are picking up points where they normally wouldn’t.

“Everyone is fighting for the bonus points with five teams going down. I think the competition is pretty good.

“Every team is trying to get as many points as they can and in the past bonus points have probably not been as relevant as they are this year.”