Kear impressed with Cumbrian display

Batley's Alex Rowe could be rested on Sunday.
Batley's Alex Rowe could be rested on Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear was impressed with his side’s display at Workington Town last Sunday.

Batley chalked up a ninth win of the season, running out 31-24 victors in a result which leaves them fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship table heading into the Summer Bash weekend in Blackpool.

Batley are just a point behind third-placed Bradford Bulls, who face a tough game against leaders Leigh Centurions in the final game on Saturday evening.

They are also a point behind Featherstone Rovers, who meet Halifax to bring down the curtain on an action packed weekend at the seaside.

Speaking after last Sunday’s victory, Kear said: “It was a very good win.

“It is a long way to go and come back in a day and play well, but that’s what they achieved. I thought there were several stand-out performances, but I was pleased with how intelligently we played the game.

“That was the most pleasing aspect and if there had been a video referee two of the Workington tries would not have stood.

“One was off-side from a kick and for another their player did not ground the ball, so it was more comprehensive than the score suggests.

“It was a really good effort.”

Kear also admitted he is considering resting in-form prop Alex Rowe, who is suffering from groin and knee injuries, when Batley take on Dewsbury Rams in Blackpool on Sunday.

Kear added: “He is struggling a bit and it’s a matter of when to sit him down and give him a rest to recover properly.

“This weekend is vitally important for both teams, as all games are, but there’s 18 points still up for grabs, so it’s not just all about the two on Sunday.”

The iPro Cup final between Keighley and York kicks off this year’s Summer Bash on Saturday (noon) followed by the Championship games between Sheffield v London (2.30pm), Workington v Whitehaven (4.45pm) and Bradford v Leigh (7pm).

The Bulldogs and Rams kick off Sunday’s programme (12.35pm) followed by Oldham v Swinton (3pm) and Halifax v Featherstone (5.15pm).