Bulldogs can build on fine Eagles win

Tom Holmes stretches over to score a try on his Batley debut during the Bulldogs impressive 54-6 victory over Sheffield Eagles. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Tom Holmes stretches over to score a try on his Batley debut during the Bulldogs impressive 54-6 victory over Sheffield Eagles. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Batley Bulldogs will aim to build on last week’s impressive win over Sheffield Eagles when improving Swinton Lions visit Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday (kick off 3pm).

Batley bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Featherstone Rovers to run in 10 tries in a rampant display, as the Bulldogs put Sheffield to the sword with a 54-6 triumph.

Coach Matt Diskin was pleased with his side’s display but believes there is still room for improvement.

He said: “For 70 minutes of that game we carried out what we practised, for the first time this year.

“It was always going to be a bit scrappy at the back end, when you get those scorelines, but we built a lot of pressure in the first 20 minutes and we learned from the experience last week, when we got frustrated.

“This week we were really disciplined, carried out our plan and the points came because of that.

“We still aren’t where we are potentially capable of going, but we played a lot more direct than we have done previously. We have still got to fine-tune some stuff, but if we are scoring 54 points and I’m still not totally happy that can’t be a bad thing.”

Joel Farrell played his first game following a close season move across the valley from Dewsbury, while loanee Tom Holmes grabbed two tries on his Bulldogs debut.

And Diskin praised the impressive duo, adding: “(Holmes) has got some fantastic skill. He has come from a great club at Castleford, he was a real attribute for us (against Sheffield) and will be all year.

“I thought Joel was really good. He was tough in defence and he carried the ball strongly and showed some good footwork as well.”

Diskin admits he will face a selection headache when everybody is fit and knows the importance of building momentum against Swinton.

The coach added: “If everybody’s fit and healthy there will be some selection headaches this week.

“Swinton are playing well at the moment. They’ve recruited well and it’ll be a really tough task.

“James Davey is out with broken ribs at the moment, but he will be back in that mix.

“I can only fit three players in, but it is a good dilemma to have.

“Obviously there’s going to be some disappointed people when they are left out, but that’s just the nature of the game.”