Too early for Batley Bulldogs to think about Championship play-offs, insists Craig Lingard

BATLEY BULLDOGS head coach Craig Lingard insists it is “way too early” to think about the Championship play-offs after his side won four games in a row for the first time since 2016.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 6:00 am
Picture by Ed Sykes/ - 20/03/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Challenge Cup Round 1 - Halifax Panthers v Batley Bulldogs - The Shay Stadium, Halifax, England - Batley Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard

The Bulldogs earned their fourth win of the season with a comeback victory over Sheffield Eagles on Friday night to record their best winning streak since they finished third under John Kear five years ago.

Lingard’s side welcome London Broncos to Mount Pleasant on Saturday with the former Super League outfit three places below Batley after five games.

However, the Bulldogs first aim is to ensure their Championship status before they begin to consider a tilt at the Championship play-offs.

“We will re-evaluate once we get half the fixtures done and dusted and if it is a realistic option for us, then why not?” said Lingard after his side’s impressive 30-18 win over the Eagles in Doncaster on Friday night.

“We can’t look further than London next week, we have a few bruised bodies.

Tom Gilmore came off with a pulled calf, we are hoping it is not a proper pull but he cramped up on the field.

“In terms of the play-offs, it would be nice and as long as we can keep winning games then it is a realistic option for us.

“We will get the points on the board to make sure we don’t get relegated and then see how high we can climb.”