Kear believes Bulldogs can build on recent performances

Bulldogs coach John Kear
Bulldogs coach John Kear

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear believes his side can build on his side’s last three performances against Sheffield Eagles, London Broncos and Leigh Centurions.

Batley travel to Whitehaven next Sunday for a crucial Kingstone Press Championship clash aiming to end a for match losing run.

Batley led league leaders Leigh Centurions 12-10 deep into the second half of Sunday’s game before three late tries condemned them to a 26-12 defat.

Speaking after the game, Kear said: ““Sometimes you have got to look how you have played and when you analysed how we have played today, you have got to feel there are many many more positives than negatives.

“The only time when felt they had us all at sea was the 10 minutes when we couldn’t get the ball and that is when Leigh went away from us and credit to them.

“That was our third game in nine days with Sheffield, London and now Leigh and we probably saved our best performance for last.

“I was really happy with our mental approach and that they could front up and play like that even though it was our third game in nine days.

“There were lots of great performances, individually and as a group.

“We started off a bit nervy. When we played at Leigh away they had scored 18 points after eight minutes and the game was over and I think one or two thought back to that but they addressed it and I was happy with our steel, resolve and bulldog spirit that’s developing.

“We now need to concentrate on not only performing but also getting points on the board.

“I’m happy with the way we are performing but next week is the time the scoreboard is more important than the performance.”