Diskin could make changes as Bulldogs host Hull KR

Scrum-half Tom Holmes has been included in Castlefords 19-man squad to face Huddersfield tonight but could yet still play for Batley on Sunday.
Scrum-half Tom Holmes has been included in Castlefords 19-man squad to face Huddersfield tonight but could yet still play for Batley on Sunday.

BATLEY Bulldogs could be without scrum-half Tom Holmes for the visit of Kingstone Press Championship leaders Hull KR on Sunday (kick off 3pm).

Holmes is on a season long loan deal from Castleford Tigers but the Super League leaders have recalled him ahead of tonight’s televised West Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Giants.

Castleford have three players away on England duty, including Luke Gale, with another half-back Ben Roberts out injured.

If Holmes doesn’t make the Tigers’ final 17 for tonight’s game, he could be eligible to return to Batley in time to face Rovers.

Will Maher, who is also on a season long loan from the Tigers, has not been recalled.

Batley have also released centre Shaun Squires from his contract and he is free to join another club.

Squires played a key role in Batley reaching last season’s Super Eight Qualifiers, making 10 appearances and scoring five tries, but has struggled to find a way into the Bulldogs’ 17 this campaign and leaves with the club’s best wishes.

Batley go into Sunday’s game bidding to end a four-match losing run against Hull KR but coach Matt Diskin knows his side have to cut out the errors if they are to pull off an upset.

Batley slipped to a 40-22 defeat away to Halifax last Sunday, which leaves them sixth in the table, six points outside the top four with 11 games until the season splits.

Diskin said: “It seems to be the same phrase I’ve been using for the last two or three weeks.

“It is the same old story – errors and ill-discipline are costing us dearly at the moment.”

Batley reported no new injury worries after the Halifax defeat but Diskin may make changes against a Rovers side who won 50-16 when the sides met at Craven Park last month.

Diskin added: “I am there to pick the side and at the moment we have got a great group of players who are not performing well as a team.

“I have got to find the right combinations. I take some responsibility for the last few weeks because the boys have not delivered a team performance at any point.

“I have got to make some tough decisions and make sure we have got a good group dynamic.

“That might mean some talented individuals don’t get picked.”