Batley Bulldogs warned to avoid complacency ahead of trip to Newcastle Thunder

Batley Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard will warn his players to avoid complacency when they travel to Newcastle Thunder on Sunday.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 6:00 am
Batley Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard. Picture:

The Bulldogs produced a magnificent victory over Widnes Vikings last weekend, scoring 48 points for the second week in a row, to move third in the Championship table after three games.

Only two sides - Toulouse Olympique and Featherstone Rovers - have a 100 per cent record after Newcastle recorded their first win of the Championship campaign against previously unbeaten Sheffield Eagles last weekend.

When asked what the message would be to his players this week, Lingard responded: “Don’t get complacent, it is a pretty clear one.”

He continued: “Newcastle are unbeaten at home. They drew with Widnes and beat a very good Sheffield side who have had excellent wins against Bradford Bulls and York.

“We know that we can’t switch off. Newcastle just outworked Sheffield, they showed a little bit more desire.

“We go up there and know that if we don’t work hard for each other and do the stuff we have been doing then we are going to get beat.

“They have got some big-game and experienced players out there.

“Looking at the results so far across the division, if you have an off day then you are going to get turned over.

“It is about hard work and making sure you are doing the little things right.”