Bulldogs bid to build momentum at Town

Alex Rowe attempts to break through a tackle from Halifaxs Gavin Bennion during Sundays Championship win.

Alex Rowe attempts to break through a tackle from Halifaxs Gavin Bennion during Sundays Championship win.

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Batley Bulldogs will bid to build their momentum when they travel to Workington Town in the Kingstone Press Championship on Sunday.

Batley ended a four-match losing streak with a terrific 32-16 victory over Halifax last week, which leaves them just a point outside the top four.

Workington are four points adrift at the foot of the table, but they earned a terrific 37-30 victory over full timers Sheffield Eagles last Friday and Batley will be wary of the Cumbrians’ threat at home.

Bulldogs coach John Kear travelled to South Yorkshire and was impressed with Town’s display as they had key players such as Jarrod Sammut returning.

Kear was pleased with his own side’s attitude before and during the Halifax game but wants the Bulldogs to kick on as their top four challenge continues.

Kear said: “I was absolutely delighted with what the players served up. They prepared very, very well, were focused and intense in all the training drills, I could feel their concentration in team meetings so was confident they’d play well.

“It’s important we attempt to get better and carry this on.

“People have been questioning these fellas as we lost four in the league.

“But in between they beat Featherstone at home in the Challenge Cup and put in a great performance against Catalans Dragons so we’re not in bad nick and that Halifax win demonstrated that.”

Chris Ulugia picked up a shoulder injury against Halifax, which was due to be assessed on Tuesday.

Kear knows Batley will have to show the same level of intensity for Sunday’s trip to Cumbria.

With Featherstone Rovers facing a tricky trip to Dewsbury on Sunday, victory at Workington could see Batley move back into the top four.