Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear admitted that there were mixed emotions following last Sunday’s emphatic victory over Hunslet Hawks.
While Kear was pleased to see his side finish off the Kingstone Press Championship season in style, he was slightly disappointed that Batley have missed out on a place in the play-offs.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, Kear said: “We didn’t want to stay in this division on points difference, we wanted to stay up by our own rights and it was a very good performance.
“We are a bit disappointed because we really thought we should have nailed a place in the play-offs.
“We have grown in the last third of the season and I really think we could have given the play-offs a good shake up but we aren’t in there.
“We have won six of our last 11 games and one of the games we lost was at Featherstone when we had won it but gave it away, so that’s a decent way to finish.”
“We have put one of the teams around us to the sword and that is a compliment to the players.
“We wanted to finish on a high and we have done and we want to build for next season, which we will do.”
Batley ran in 11 tries against Hunslet but perhaps the most relieved man at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium last Sunday was Adam Gledhill, who bagged his first try of the campaign and thus avoided the forfeit of having to complete a naked run.
Alex Bretherton landed a last minute conversion to cap off an excellent Batley display and he is contemplating retirement from the game.
Kear paid tribute to Gledhill and Bretherton, adding: “
“Alex Bretherton has played 250-odd games in his career and he has been a great player.
“Our players write down individual goals before they go out and Adam Gledhill’s was to score a try to avoid having to do a nude run.
“He left it until 25 minutes before the end of the season but good on him, he’s got out of that.
“James Craven scored on his 100th career appearance and Anthony Nicholson scored on his 100th career appearance so it was a great way to finish the season off.”