Batley take on Swinton on sunday on the back of six defeats in the last seven championship matches, and should really provide the bulldogs with the chance to boost their confidence for the coming matches. Unfortunately though the injury situation at Mount Pleasant is causing some concern after the next injury to one of our lads after Nicholson broke his arm this week in training.
Along with Campbell and co. he is now sidelined and will be out of action for quite a while causing worried frowns, as the squad has already been severely depleted in the creative department. Jordan Grayston is unlikely to feature after suffering a dead leg against Featherstone, and it is apparently a week too early for the return of Scott
Leatherbarrow, who however should be able to make his comeback against Leigh next week. Nonetheless Batley should be too strong for a Swinton team that have made a poor start to their campaign in division one of the Championships.
In the last meeting of the two sides in the Challenge Cup in 2010 Swinton made history by being the first club to be knocked out of the Challenge Cup twice in one season. In the first match they were beaten by Halifax, but reinstated after Halifax were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
In the next round they were well beaten by Batley by 58 – 6.
Swinton are also a club with a long tradition, and a glorious past. They won the Challenge Cup in 1900 beating Salford 16 – 8, in 1926 beating Oldham, and 1928 with victory against Warrington. Their most successful period was probably in the 20s and 30s where they managed to win the Championships and the Playoffs 4 times each.
Below you can enjoy highlights from the encounter between the two clubs in 1936 when Swinton came out on top by 14 – 11. Hopefully in will be a different story tomorrow.
My prediction: Batley 30 Swinton 12