Bulldogs offers free admission as part of family fun day

Batley Bullodgs coach Matt Diskin is looking for his injury hit squad to bounce back from three defeats as they entertain Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.
Batley Bullodgs coach Matt Diskin is looking for his injury hit squad to bounce back from three defeats as they entertain Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs will throw open their doors and allow supporters to watch this Sunday’s Betfred Championship clash against Sheffield Eagles for free as part of the Great Get Together weekend to celebrate the life of former Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

The Bulldogs are hoping for a bumper crowd and are putting on a family fun day, which includes kids rides and other attractions in the Fox’s Fanzone.

There will be a curtain raiser as the British Asian Rugby Association take on the British Bulldogs, plus a women’s rugby league game and the day will finish with entertainment from local band Gods of Fortune.

The injury hit Bulldogs will be aiming to end a three-match losing run when the Eagles arrive and coach Matt Diskin believes they will turn things around after taking positives from last week’s 42-26 defeat away to Toulouse.

Diskin said: “There were lots of positives, but the issue we’ve got as a group – and we are trying to address – is that our ill-discipline is costing us games.

“We give away a penalty and then concede straight away. We have given too many points away. If we had picked up all the points we should have done, we would be in a really good position.

“For long periods of the game we outplayed them with ball in hand, but we put a gun to our head in the second quarter and gave the game away.”