Kear leads praise as Batley impress in opening day win

Shaun Squires, who went agonisingly close to equalling a Batley Bulldogs club record of scoring five tries in a match, is pictured outpacing the Workington defence for his second last Sunday.
Shaun Squires, who went agonisingly close to equalling a Batley Bulldogs club record of scoring five tries in a match, is pictured outpacing the Workington defence for his second last Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear led the praise for his squad following last Sunday’s 30-6 opening day win over Workington.

The Bulldogs were clinical in attack, scoring five tries, while solid defence saw them concede just one and nil their Cumbrian opponents in the second half.

Speaking after Sunday’s game, Kear led the praise for four-try star Shaun Squires, while congratulating the efforts of half-backs Cain Southernwood and Scott Leatherbarrow, along with the rest of his team.

Kear said: “Shaun scored four but is claiming he scored five because he says he grounded the one in the first half and he’s a little ticked off because that would have been a club record.

“But to do that on your debut isn’t a bad thing. It was very skilful and very clinical.

“Both our half-backs are clever players and I thought that was demonstrated with what they did.

“It was a complete team performance based on hard work but Shaun deserved the plaudits because their aren’t many players who score four tries on debut.

“He will get a lot of attention from the opposition after (Sunday) and the next stage of his development will be learning to cope with that.

“The Workington winger was injured early on and the idea was to give him as much work to do as possible and once we had targeted him with the high ball, we took advantage.

“I was really pleased with our performance as Workington are a really tough, physical and aggressive team but I thought we matched them in that manor.

“I thought our half-backs controlled the game very well and our three-quarters looked very dangerous.

“Workington got a couple of penalties at the start of the second half and a repeat set but we defended our line really well.

“In all honesty that is down to the North Wales game, which brought us down to earth and made us realise what was to work on and what we emphasised in training.”