Diskin praises Bulldogs groundsman Morley

Jim Morley had the Mount Pleasant pitch in excellent condition despite recent bad weather.
Jim Morley had the Mount Pleasant pitch in excellent condition despite recent bad weather.

Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin has praised the efforts of groundsman Jim Morley for getting the Mount Pleasant pitch in superb condition despite recent atrocious weather.

The Batley playing surface was again in excellent shape for last week’s game against Halifax and although the pitch cut up in the wet and freezing weather, Diskin expects no problems for the visit of Featherstone Rovers on Sunday.

Diskin said: “Jim Morley, our groundsman, has done a great job in pre-season to get the pitch in fantastic condition.

“Because the pitch is soil based it can rip up quite quickly and no groundsman in the world can prevent that.

“I’m sure Jim will have the pitch in good condition again this week, meaning we can focus on our preparations.”

Batley have been training on the all weather pitch at Mount Pleasant, meaning their sessions have been unaffected by the recent bad weather.

They also used the Brain and Brawn gym in Morley for much of their early pre-season work, while a new gym at Mount Pleasant is nearing completion.