Batley Bulldogs' resilience hailed by head coach Craig Lingard

CRAIG LINGARD hailed Batley Bulldogs’ resilience as they came from behind to claim a big win over Widnes Vikings on Saturday.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 6:00 am
DECISIVE: Michael Ward’s try early in the second half proved a turning point in the contest for Batley Bulldogs.

The hosts fell 12-0 behind at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium before clawing the deficit back to two points attacking up the Mount Pleasant slope.

Widnes added a third try before half time to take a six-point lead into the interval but that proved their last mark on the scoreboard as Batley scored 38 points without reply to go third in the Championship table.

“It is nice to be able to come back from a 12-point deficit,” said Lingard.

“The team have shown some resilience and fight against a very good side.

“There have been recent times when a Batley team who went 12 points down in 10 minutes might have capitulated and turned over but we showed some fight, which was very, very pleasing.”

Batley have scored 48 points two games in a row and Lingard feels a victory over a team with the quality of Widnes will give his players confidence for the rest of the season.

He continued: “Widnes are a strong team on paper, so not only to get a victory over them but a comprehensive one, that was massive for us.

“It gives us a huge confidence boost knowing how good we can potentially be.”

Batley had eight different try scorers on Saturday and Lingard added: “We have shown we have got quality across the park.

“We want to be an expansive and exciting side to watch, as long as we continue the hard work in defence.

“The variety of tries we are scoring is excellent.”