Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings - Craig Lingard expects a reaction from visitors

Batley Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard is expecting a reaction from Saturday’s opponents Widnes Vikings following the Cheshire club’s stuttering start to the campaign.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:26 am
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:28 am
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The Vikings were beaten at home by Dewsbury Rams last weekend after being held to a draw by Newcastle Thunder in their league opener.

Batley claimed their first league victory of the campaign last weekend with a comprehensive 48-10 success over Oldham.

And Lingard is aiming to build on that performance after an encouraging start to the 2021 campaign.

“We go into the game with confidence, more about ourselves than anything else,” said Lingard.

“Widnes would have been expected to beat Dewsbury at home and threw away their opening game against Newcastle, so I would imagine they would be looking to fix what has gone wrong.

“We will be expecting a reaction. We know that we can expect a different Widnes team.

“The only thing we can control is how we do and how we prepare so we will only focus on us ahead of the Widnes game.”

Dane Manning and Toby Everett could both miss the contest after picking up knocks in the win over Oldham.

Manning sustained a hand injury while Everett required an x-ray to assess a jaw issue. Michael Ward and Ben Kaye are both nearing their returns in a welcome boost for Batley.