Craig Lingard targets more improvement following Batley Bulldogs' victory over Oldham
COACH CRAIG Lingard feels there is still room for improvement at Batley Bulldogs despite a comprehensive victory over Oldham on Saturday.
The Bulldogs claimed their first league win of the campaign and secured their largest winning margin under Lingard as they breezed past Matt Diskin’s side at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Lingard was delighted by the display from his players during the first hour of the contest but felt they took their foot off the pedal in the final quarter.
“I was more happy with the result than the performance,” he reflected.
“I thought we were very good for the first 60 minutes but for the last 20 we just dropped off with our intensity.
“That was disappointing, if we have 20 minutes like that against the top teams then we are going to get punished.
“That is what has happened in the games we played against Featherstone.
“It is hard to be critical after such a comprehensive victory but the team were disappointed with the last 20 minutes as well, which is always pleasing that they feel let down themselves.”
Batley took the lead when Josh Tonks forced his way over for the hosts from close range.
The Roughyeds responded well when Lewis Charnock dotted down but tries from Jodie Broughton, Luke Hooley, Jack Logan and Ben White meant Batley went into the break with a commanding 28-6 advantage.
Batley continued with the relentless pressure in the second half as Johnny Campbell crossed twice while Elliot Hall continued his fine start as a Batley player with a try of his own before White doubled his account for the afternoon.
Tommy Brierley added a consolation for Diskin’s side in the final quarter but Lingard’s men had done more than enough to secure the points.
Prior to Saturday’s contest, Batley had beaten Halifax Panthers in the Challenge Cup and produced strong performances in two defeats to Featherstone Rovers.
And Lingard was pleased that his side maintained those standards for large parts of the clash with Oldham.
He added: “If we turned up and dished up some rubbish against Oldham, everyone would have forgotten about those first three games.
“We were conscious of making sure our standards were good and that our concentration was good.
“I think that showed in the first 40 minutes. We came with the right attitude and came switched on.”