Trip to Workington is crucial for Bulldogs

Batley's Tom Lillycrop looks to break clear from Whitehaven's Sam Brooks in last Sunday's Championship clash.
Batley's Tom Lillycrop looks to break clear from Whitehaven's Sam Brooks in last Sunday's Championship clash.

Batley Bulldogs will aim to end a five-match losing streak in the Kingstone Press Championship when they travel to Workington Town on Sunday.

A horrendous injury crisis has not helped Batley’s cause but their run of five straight league defeats, stretching back to Good Friday, has seen the Bulldogs slip to ninth in the table.

Workington suffered a 72-0 hammering at the hands of Featherstone Rovers last week and are, themselves, on a four-match losing run.

Batley welcomed Scott Leatherbarrow and James Craven back from long-term injuries and both were on the scoresheet in last week’s 24-22 defeat at home to Whitehaven.

However, influential stand-off Cain Southernwood faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury against Leigh a fortnight ago.

Bulldogs coach John Kear explained: “We fear that (Cain’s injury) is a similar one to Johnny Campbell, which would be a ten-week job.

“We’re hoping it could be four to six weeks at best but from the physio’s initial prognosis it looks more like the former.”

Workington will hold a bucket collection for the Rugby League Benevolent Fund in aid of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones’ family at Sunday’s game against the Bulldogs.

Jones passed away last Sunday after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest in a League 1 game against London Skolars.

The fund has already raised over £60,000 and many clubs are planning to pay their respects this weekend.

Tickets for the Blackpool Summer Bash, when Batley take on arch rivals Dewsbury Rams on May 24, together with Challenge Cup tickets for the sixth round tie at Widnes on Sunday May 17, remain on sale each morning at the club.