Batley ready to host early pace setters Sheffield

Bulldogs coach John Kear.
Bulldogs coach John Kear.

Batley Bulldogs face their third consecutive tough fixture when they entertain early pace setters Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

Batley coach John Kear is expecting another stern test against a side who have gone full-time in 2016 and have opened their Championship campaign with two wins.

Kear said: “I have spoken to (Eagles coach) Mark Aston at length and he is confident that working with his squad for 20-plus hours a week, instead of just six hours, he can make them into better players.

“They went up to Workington, which is never easy, and won comprehensively and then beat Halifax on their own midden comprehensively, so they are looking to make a big impression.”