Rovers skipper Spears: Halifax clash is perfect opportunity

Rovers captain Tim Spears. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Rovers captain Tim Spears. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Featherstone Rovers captain Tim Spears says Sunday’s home Kingstone Championship game against Halifax is a “perfect opportunity” to bounce back from Monday’s 20-12 defeat at London Broncos.

Featherstone’s six-match winning run ended at London but they still boast a 100 per cent home record this year.

“Halifax are good side with some quality players and some familiar faces,” said Spears.

“It will be a bruising encounter but one that should be entertaining for spectators of both clubs and hopefully there will be good turnout. This is the perfect opportunity for us to bounce back and get back to winning ways.”

Spears added that Monday’s defeat at West Ealing was a big disappointment especially after Rovers battled so well.

“We were all bitterly disappointed coming back from London on Monday empty handed,” he said.

“We were on a good roll and after a number of victories on the bounce, the feeling of losing hurts even more. There were some disappointed boys in the changing room especially after putting in a good performance.

“It’s well documented that the Easter programme is difficult particularly when we faced two teams who operate in a full-time environment. The boys gave up their Easter and it was disappointing that we couldn’t overcome some of the adversity on Monday such as the injury blows and the penalty count against us but the lads dug deep and acquitted themselves well.”

Rovers made it four wins from four home games by beating Sheffield Eagles on Friday and Spears added: “It was a great turnout of fans on Friday and it certainly helped the boys get over the line against Sheffield.

“To not concede a point in the second half was a tremendous effort defensively. We tried to carry that on away to London and to a certain extend we did but we just gave ourselves too much to do, so we are looking to bounce back on Sunday.”

Admission to Sunday’s game against Halifax is £18 adults, £12 concessions and £5 juniors. Tickets can be purchased from the main office at the Big Fellas Stadium (open weekdays 9am to 5pm), the Rovers clubb shop on Saturday morning (10am to 12pm) and on game day from the match ticket office located in the main car park from noon.

The Cappers Bar will be open from noon and live Premier League football will be shown on the screens, together with the Johnstones Paint Trophy Final at Wembley between Barnsley and Oxford United.