Bulldogs set for Viking invasion

Paul Brearley makes a strong run during Batley's 62-6 Challenge Cup victory over plucky Castleford  amateurs Lock Lane last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Paul Brearley makes a strong run during Batley's 62-6 Challenge Cup victory over plucky Castleford amateurs Lock Lane last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Batley Bulldogs will aim to build on last week’s comprehensive Challenge Cup victory over amateurs Lock Lane when they tackle in-form Widnes Vikings at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday.

It is the third consecutive Championship game that Batley have faced full-time opposition and they will bid to pull off a shock and claim a second league win of the season.

Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin is hoping their 62-6 win over Lock Lane will boost his side’s confidence ahead of a busy period of matches.

Diskin said: “Our performance was a good confidence builder. We have been lacking a bit of confidence, but we weren’t bad with the ball and defensively we were pretty comfortable.

“It was an okay performance and we will build on that.

“We prepared (for Lock Lane) like we will for Widnes this week and approached it in a really professional manner.”

Widnes have won six of their opening seven matches to wipe out a 12-point deduction imposed after they went into administration.

Victory at Batley would move Widnes off the foot of the table and leave them just a point behind the Bulldogs and the Vikings look set to be well supported with a decent away following expected to make the trip.