Batley Bulldogs' early-season form could prove vital later in the year - Craig Lingard

HEAD COACH Craig Lingard feels that Batley Bulldogs’ early-season form will prove crucial in the latter stages of the campaign.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 9:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 9:02 am
Batley players walk off the pitch after victory against Sheffield Eagles.

The Bulldogs have won four league games in a row for the first time since 2016 - when they finished in the top four - as they recorded an impressive victory away at Sheffield Eagles on Friday.

The triumph took Batley’s win percentage to 80 and saw them remain in third place in the Championship table.

“It was a good season in 2016, hopefully we can replicate that. If we can do that it would be a really good season,” reflected Lingard, with the top six sides earning a Championship play-off place this season.

“We know we will probably have a dip at some point. You can’t play all season winning every game, it is impossible for a part-time team to do that.

“If we get points on the board early on, it gives us a bit of cushion if that dip comes.”

Batley came from 18-10 down to win in Doncaster against the Eagles, scoring four tries in the final quarter to record another impressive victory.

Luke Hooley had opened the scoring in the first half but Rob Worrincy got the Eagles back on terms.

Tom Gilmore’s try helped Batley take a narrow lead into the half-time interval but Sheffield went ahead thanks to Worrincy’s second try of the evening before Jordan Bull added a four-pointer of his own.

The response from Batley was exactly what Lingard would have wanted with Hooley, Dane Manning, Johnny Campbell and Elliot Hall scoring in the latter stages.

Lingard added: “The players hadn’t been put in that situation before this season and they answered those questions really well.

“A bit like the Newcastle game, we showed a different side to ourselves. When Sheffield play here, people don’t come and get an easy victory. It is a massive victory for us.

“It is four on the bounce now. Winning breeds confidence, if we are on a three-game losing streak we might not win that game.”