Bulldogs aim to build on victory at Halifax

Tom Lillycrop holds off two Doncaster defenders to plant the ball down for a Batley try in Sunday's crucial win.
Tom Lillycrop holds off two Doncaster defenders to plant the ball down for a Batley try in Sunday's crucial win.

Batley Bulldogs will look to build on last week’s victory over Doncaster when they travel to high flying Halifax on Sunday (kick off 3pm).

Batley’s 34-6 win over bottom side Doncaster lifted them up to ninth place in the Kingstone Press Championship with three games remaining before the competition splits into groups of eight.

Batley will compete in the middle eight but with points carried forward in that part of the competition, it is important they build momentum.

Bulldogs coach John Kear said: “The win moves us up the table, but we need to keep picking up points to get into the play-off positions, which shows how tight it is in this mini-league at the bottom.

“We’ve been playing well and getting nothing for it in certain games, but (last Sunday) we played well and got rewarded.

“They played well, there were some really good signs.

“I think we would have posted a more comprehensive score had the rain not come.

“We were 30-0 up at that point, five minutes into the second half, but we continued trying to play dry weather football in the wet.

“That was the only disappointing thing about it. I thought Doncaster adapted to the conditions a lot better than we did. But I was very pleased with the first half performance and the defence.”

Halifax are on a six-match winning run, including victories over Sheffield, London and Featherstone, and are they now favourites to clinch fourth spot, which would see them compete against the bottom four teams in Super League for the chance to clinch promotion, so Batley are aware of the task they face.

The Bulldogs Independent Supporters Travel coach to Halifax departs the Woodman pub at noon. The fare is £8 and to book call Michael Gothard on 07516 302665.