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15 February 2020

Check out the match preview as Swinton Lions travel to Batley Bulldogs in the third round of the 2020 Betfred Championship.

Swinton Lions travel to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium in their second league game of the season against Batley Bulldogs after last weekend’s postponement.

Swinton were expected to play their first home game of the season against Dewsbury Rams. However, Storm Ciara had its own ideas and after a night of heavy rain on Saturday, the decision was made by the match officials to call the game off. 

Tickets for the game are available to buy at the White Swan Pub in Swinton and the club retains 20% of the ticket sales, so don’t miss out!


The postponed game against Dewsbury has given Stuart Littler and the team two weeks to train together and prepare for the match this Sunday. Having won their first game of the season comfortably 14-0 away to Whitehaven, the Lions will be quietly confident of registering another win against Batley this weekend. 

What will bring them even more belief is that Batley have lost their opening two games of the season. Batley started their campaign with a 38-18 home defeat to Featherstone Rovers and then lost again 32-12 away to Widnes Vikings last Sunday. That will surely give Littler’s men confidence that they too can get at Batley and put them under considerable pressure. 


When the sides met last season, Batley won the first encounter in April at home 32-18 but Swinton responded with a 20-18 win at Heywood Road.


Swinton have failed to beat Batley away from home in any of the last 10 meetings between them and that will be something Littler will be desperate to put an end to on Sunday. 


Swinton 20, Batley 18 (ChR20, 7/7/19)

Batley 32, Swinton 18 (CHR11, 22/4/19)

Batley 40, Swinton 6 (CSR7, 30/9/18)

Batley 40, Swinton 18 (ChR23, 29/7/18)

Swinton 28, Batley 48 (ChR3, 18/2/18)

(at AJ Bell Stadium, Salford) 


Tickets for our round three Championship Clash this Sunday are available to buy at the White Swan Pub, Swinton. Buying directly from the club ensures that Swinton retains 20% of all sales. 

You can purchase your ticket at the White Swan for the following prices:

Adults: £20

Concessions: £15 

Juniors: £5 

Junior season ticket holders: FREE 


Stuart Littler names an unchanged squad that was due to face Dewsbury Rams before the game was postponed due to bad weather.

LIONS SQUAD TO FACE BULLDOGS: Gavin Bennion, Billy Brickhill, Louis Brogan, Tayler Brown, Mike Butt, Mitch Cox, Rob Fairclough, Sam Grant, Frankie Halton, Jack Hansen, Lewis Hatton, Will Hope, Paddy Jones, Jose Kenga, Richard Lepori, Rhodri Lloyd, Ben Morris, Deane Meadows, Oscar Thomas, Luke Waterworth, Brandon Wood.

BULLDOGS SQUAD TO FACE LIONS: Tyler Dupree, Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Keenen Tomlinson, Lewis Galbraith, Jonny Campbell, Ben White, Danny Yates, Alistair Leak, Toby Everett, Dane Manning, Lucas Walshaw, James Brown, Luke Hooley, Jack Blagbrough, Michael Ward, George Senior, Joe Taira, Dale Morton, Shaun Lunt, Anthony Bowman.


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