Batley Bulldogs assistant coach Danny Maun admits he was brimming with pride at the effort the side put in during last Saturday’s 64-18 defeat at Toronto Wolfpack.
The Bulldogs squad landed back in the UK on Monday but faced a seven hour coach journey back to West Yorkshire from Glasgow Airport.
Batley’s jetlagged squad were due to train last night as they quickly turn their attentions to Sunday’s Betfred Championship Heavy Woollen derby trip to Dewsbury Rams.
Maun said: “It was an unbelievable experience and amazing to be out there. We came together as a squad and visited Niagara Falls and I think the trip will help us in the long run.”
Batley were only able to include three substitutes after Maun answered a crisis call to come out of retirement after three years and they were further hampered when Jason Crookes was knocked out after only five minutes.
Maun added: “With Crookesy injured it meant we played with only 15 men and I ended up going on at prop.
“At the end of the game the lads came over, picked me up and carried me over to the Batley fans, which was great.
“Matt (Diskin) felt we put in a good effort over there under the circumstances and I think the experience could provide a springboard for the rest of the season.
“The lads were tired after the long journey but we now have to prepare for one of the biggest games of the season against Dewsbury.”
Dominic Brambani returned from injury to face Toronto and came through unscathed, while Batley could welcome back other players as they visit a Dewsbury side who are desperate for points in their quest to avoid relegation.
Wayne Reittie dislocated a shoulder when scoring a spectacular try in the home defeat to Toronto back in April but he could be set to return, along with Sam Smeaton and Joe Chandler, who was due to undertake a head test last night.
With Adam Gledhill back from his wedding and Alex Rowe also available after visa problems prevented him from travelling to Toronto, Batley should have a stronger side to select from as they look to end a eight-match losing run.
Batley beat the Rams 18-10 at Mount Pleasant on Good Friday but Dewsbury gained revenge with a 20-18 success at the Summer Bash in Blackpool and it promises to be another tight contest.