Rivals ready for play off showdown...

Rivals ready for play off showdown...

DEWSBURY CELTIC and Batley Boys will go head-to-head this weekend in the NCL Division Three play-off semi-finals.

Celtic will have home advantage at Crow Nest Park tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm) in the Heavy Woollen showdown after finishing a place and two points ahead of their neighbours, in fourth spot, in the regular season.

They secured an emphatic 68-30 home win over Hensingham last week to seal that place, while Batley fell to a 28-6 defeat at champions Woolston Rovers.

The rivals have played three times so far this season, with the home side coming out on top on each occasion.

Celtic won 26-10 in their first league meeting in May but the Boys have won the two most recent clashes at Staincliffe, claiming the league points with a 29-22 win in June before an 18-12 success in the Heavy Woollen Cup in August.

Batley enter the play-offs in poorer form though, losing four of their past five matches.

In contrast, Celtic have won three of their last four and have only been beaten once on their own turf all season.

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