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Batley v Castleford preview.

5th of April 2014
Batley v Castleford preview.

Match Preview and Squad announcement

Gibson set for Cas bow

Ashley Gibson is in line to make his Castleford debut when Tigers take on Batley in the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Prop Ryan Boyle will return in place of Craig Huby, whose run of 53 consecutive appearances comes to an end.

The match will pit Batley's veteran coach John Kear against his home-town club but he insists there will be no divided loyalties.

Kear, who masterminded shock Cup final wins for Sheffield Eagles and Hull, grew up in Castleford and used to operate the scoreboard at Wheldon Road before playing on the wing for them.

"It's a really special draw for me," he said. "I have a great emotional tie with Castleford Tigers.

"But I'd love for us to produce a massive upset. There's always an upset in every round and I would love it to be Batley knocking out Cas in this round."

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