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Bulldogs target Hornets double

Bulldogs forward Dane Manning is expected be sidelined for another five weeks with a broken knuckle.
Bulldogs forward Dane Manning is expected be sidelined for another five weeks with a broken knuckle.

Batley Bulldogs will aim to complete a quickfire double over Rochdale Hornets and earn a seventh win in the Betfred Championship on Sunday (kick off 3pm).

Batley returned to form with an impressive 48-10 victory at Rochdale six days ago and with a quick turnaround against the same opposition, Matt Diskin’s men can consolidate seventh place in the table.

Victory would instil further confidence before the Championship heads to the coast next weekend when Batley take on neighbours Dewsbury Rams at this season’s Summer Bash in Blackpool.

Izaac Farrell crossed for his first Bulldogs try last week, while Lewis Galbraith scored against his former club, as the Bulldogs ran in eight tries in a vastly improved performance following defeats to Featherstone and Barrow.

Injuries to key forwards James Brown and Dane Maning, who is expected to be on the sidelines for a further five weeks with a broken knuckle, didn’t deter the Bulldogs.

Batley are four points behind Leigh Centurions and Halifax and a further two off London Broncos, who occupy fourth spot.

Rochdale remain second-bottom two points behind Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury.