Batley Bulldogs must maintain high standards at Sheffield Eagles - Craig Lingard

BATLEY BULLDOGS need to maintain the high standards they have set for themselves in the early part of the Championship season, if they want to come away with victory against Sheffield Eagles.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 6:00 am
Batley coach Craig Lingard. Picture: Ed Sykes/SWpix.com

That is the view of head coach Craig Lingard who takes his side to Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow evening, looking to make it four league wins from five in 2021.

The Bulldogs have won their last three games but Lingard expects a tough evening in south Yorkshire against an Eagles side who have started the season in fine form.

Mark Aston’s men have recorded victories over Bradford Bulls and York City Knights and earned a draw against London Broncos last week. Their only defeat has come at the hands of Newcastle Thunder.

“Sheffield are a tough, durable team,” assessed Lingard.

“They have got some quality players, especially in Anthony Thackeray but they have got some good aggressive forwards. They have some ex-Batley players in there who will want to play well against us.

“You know what you get with Mark Aston’s Sheffield side. They have had a couple of good performances to kick the season off.

“They lost against Newcastle but got a great point against London. We can’t have a week off because if we do we will get beat. For us it is about maintaining our standards and our consistency.”