Fortress Bower Fold

“WE’RE turning Bower Fold into a fortress, and it’s great to see,” commented Scott Naylor after our 16-14 win against Featherstone Rovers,

It was our fourth win in the last five games and our third league win in a row at the Stalybridge venue where, in total this season, Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs, Sheffield Eagles and now Featherstone Rovers have all been turned over.

Said Scott: “After our blip at Whitehaven, the lads were back to playing like we did previously and it was great to see their sheer hard work and their determination not to concede points.”

In conceding 259 in 11 games we have let in less than Workington, Whitehaven, Dewsbury, Swinton, Sheffield and Batley and only five more than Championship leaders Leigh Centurions — an excellent record.

Added Scott: “The lads deserve enormous credit because they’re putting their bodies on the line every week and playing the sort of rugby which clearly suits them.

“I rested Phil Joy because he has played in every game so far and he was in need of a break, but to play like we did without him and Danny Langtree (ankle injury) shows what we have in the player bank,

“We’ll also have the services of Craig Briscoe and Tom Ashton again in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s great to see the lads who’ve come up with us from League One, admittedly with one or two more, doing so well now at Championship level.”

For the record Kenny Hughes, Jack Holmes and Liam Johnson scored our tries with Lewis Palfrey landing two goals.

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