Bashing rivals is Bulldogs’ mission

Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin believes his side can improve and kick on in their remaining games following last week's Championship victory over Oldham.
Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin believes his side can improve and kick on in their remaining games following last week's Championship victory over Oldham.

Batley Bulldogs head into this weekend’s Summer Bash in Blackpool buoyed by an impressive 48-28 win over Oldham.

The Bulldogs ended a five match losing run when they fought back from 10-0 and 22-10 down to claim victory at the Manchester Regional Arena last Sunday.

The squad now head to Blackpool where Batley will bring the curtain down on this year’s Bash when they face Dewsbury Rams on Sunday (kick off 5.15pm).

Batley coach Matt Diskin was pleased with his side’s improved display against Oldham but wants the Bulldogs to build on that success and go on a winning run.

Diskin said: “We’ve only scratched the surface. There’s miles more improvement in us with the ball and as we get more and more confident we’ll see that come to the fore.

“Dom Brambani was really good, he had a team that worked for him and it was a really good team performance.”

Brambani had a mixed and eventful afternoon, scoring a second half try after being sin-binned for a trip in the first period, and was then sent off in the final minute for dissent.

Diskin is confident Brambani will not be banned following his red card and is now looking for the Bulldogs to build momentum ahead of a key period in the season.

Diskin added: “In the first half we came out of the blocks pretty slow. We were on the wrong end of the penalty count in the first 20 minutes and Oldham capitalised and scored some good tries.

“We managed to get ourselves back into it, which was good, and in the second half we were defensively solid and with the ball we looked really good.”

Batley suffered a 20-4 defeat away to Dewsbury on Good Friday in what is the Rams’ only league win so far, while they also suffered golden point extra time agony in losing 23-22 in the Challenge Cup, so they will target revenge in front of the television cameras on Sunday afternoon.

The RFL have issued advice to fans travelling to Blackpool for this weekend’s Summer Bash in light of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday.

Thorough bag searches will be in place and fans are asked to allow enough time to gain entry to the stadium. Police will monitor proceedings in Blackpool and regularly update the Rugby Football League.