Batley Bulldogs will target a fifth straight win and consolidate third place in the Kingstone Press Championship at Sheffield Eagles tomorrow.
Batley’s fourth win on the bounce, against Oldham last Sunday, leaves the Bulldogs third in the table, a point clear of Featherstone and Halifax and three ahead of Bradford Bulls.
With seven matches remaining, Batley are starting to believe that a top-four finish and qualification for the middle eights stage of the competition could be a distinct possibility.
The trip to Sheffield is followed by a crucial away game at Bradford before neighbours Dewsbury Rams visit in what is sure to be a key month for John Kear’s side.
Kear himself missed last week’s game against Oldham when Danny Maun, Craig Lingard and Mark Moxon deputised and led the Bulldogs to an impresive 42-18 victory.
Speaking after witnessing Batley rack up a 10th win of the season, Maun said: “The Bradford game will be massive for us and (Friday’s) match against Sheffield is also huge, but we need to start thinking what could happen now.
“I think these lads could create a lot of history this year and hopefully we can get a good result.”
Maun was pleased with the side’s display as they ran in seven tries against an Oldham side who had beaten the Bulldogs at Bower Fold earlier in the season.
Maun said: “I thought it was an outstanding performance from the lads against an Oldham side who can get you when they are on form, as they did at their place.
“For the lads to come out and put 40-odd points on Oldham was outstanding.”
A delighted Maun added: “Once we got into the arm wrestle and started completing our sets, we broke them down quite easily.”