Kear remains upbeat ahead of crunch spell

Alistair Leak attempts to take on Makali Aizue during last Sunday's derby at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.
Alistair Leak attempts to take on Makali Aizue during last Sunday's derby at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.

Batley coach John Kear is remaining upbeat as the Bulldogs enter a crucial spell of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures.

The Bulldogs travel to top-four contenders Featherstone Rovers on Sunday before facing a trio of home games against Sheffield, London and Leigh.

Batley played well for long periods of last Sunday’s derby against Dewsbury but missed opportunities proved costly as they slipped to a 19-12 defeat at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.

Kear said: “We are not a club that moan and groan and although there were some negatives from last week, there were also plenty of positives and I am more of a positive person and we will try and make the best out of the situation we are in.”

Batley have scoured Super League, Championship and Championship One in search of a replacement half-back following injuries to key personnel but it has proved fruitless and the Bulldogs will continue with Alistair Leak deputising.

Kear added: “Alistair has not done a bad job under difficult circumstances and I will continue to have a look at him and try develop him further.

“We are improving as a team and there will be dips and high points during the season but if we can turn the seven, four and two point losses into wins the table would look very different.”

Batley signed winger Alex Brown for a fourth spell at the club and he grabbed a 42nd minute try against the Rams.

Batley reported no new injury concerns from the Summer Bash and could have Shaun Squires back in contention for the trip to Featherstone following a rib injury.

Featherstone are level on 16 points with fourth-placed Dewsbury after losing an ill-tempered game 31-12 to Leigh at Summer Bash with prop Paul Wood sent off for alleged eye gouging.