Bulldogs aiming to turn form around

Batleys Joel Farrell attempts to find a way through Hull KR defenders Liam Salter and George Lawler in Sundays Championship defeat.
Batleys Joel Farrell attempts to find a way through Hull KR defenders Liam Salter and George Lawler in Sundays Championship defeat.

Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin insits there were plenty of positives to take despite last week’s 68-4 defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers.

It was Batley’s fourth straight Kingstone Press Championship defeat and a fifth in all competitions but Diskin can see the effort his side are putting in.

Speaking after last Sunday’s game, Diskin said: “I’ve talked a lot recently about the team ethic has not been where it needs to be. But you could see in the 78th minute we were 60-odd points down and they were chasing everything back hard and that’s the first time I’ve really seen that this year.

“The scoreline was a little embarrassing and that is a shame because the boys worked really hard in controlling the ruck both with and without the ball and in itself that is an achievement against a full time team.

“Some of the little improvements we have made were overshadowed by the embarrassing result.

“We had a few lapses in concentration on the edges and they (Hull KR) scored the majority of their tries on the edges.

“They have got a class half-back in Ellis and some class players to finish and if you give them half a chance and have one momentary lapse in concentration, they are going to punish you.”

Batley showed their desire by plugging away until the end and were rewarded with a Mikey Hayward consolation try three minutes from the end.

Defeat left Batley eight points outside the top four after 13 of the 23 of the regular rounds.

Batley do not have a game this weekend due to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and they return to action on Sunday May 21 with a trip to to Oldham.

Diskin added: “We are going to take the positives and out of the last four defeats and (last week), although the scoreline is embarrassing and the biggest one, was the most positive in the fact they worked hard as a team.

“We are setting out week to week and we will see where we are at the end of the year. It’s a tough competition and we have got Oldham up next, which will be hard as well but we will take it a week at a time and if we are in the mix at the end then great.”

Batley supporters travelling to Oldham should note the match venue has been switched, with the game to be played at the Manchester Regional Arena, part of the Etihad Campus at SportCity, due to essential work being carried out at their usual home ground of Bower Fold, Stalybridge.