Coach pulls no punches in assessment

Batley's Brad Hay attempts to take on Whitehaven's Grant Cole last Sunday.
Batley's Brad Hay attempts to take on Whitehaven's Grant Cole last Sunday.

Bulldogs coach John Kear pulled no punches in his assessment of last week’s defeat to Whitehaven.

The loss leaves Batley ninth in the table but allowed Whitehaven to draw level on six points.

Speaking after his side’s last minute 24-22 defeat at home to Haven, Kear said: Kear: “If you ever wanted a lesson in how to lose a game of rugby league you got it right there.

“We went 10 points up and just stopped playing.

“We lacked composure, patience and desire. We are in a bad place at the moment.”

Even Haven counterpart James Coyle admitted his side were fortunate to seal victory, adding: “I don’t think we deserved to win over the course of the 80 minutes but I’m glad the lads stuck at it and we didn’t let it get away from us.

“We lost the ball a lot but we worked hard and gave ourselves a chance to snatch the victory and that’s what we did.”

n The Batley Independent Supporters Squadbuilder Association (BISSA) annual dinner will be held on Friday June 12, with speaker former Great Britain international Bobby Goulding and Paul Halloran as MC.

The price is £30 per person or £275 for a table of 10 and bookings can be made through any BISSA committee member.

Bookings are also now being taken for the BISSA Super League Grand Final trip to Old Trafford on Saturday October 10 .

The cost is £40, which includes a £35 match ticket and transport to and from the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Contact any committee member or visit the BISSA stall on any match day.