Batley hope to bounce back

Batley hope to bounce back

BATLEY boss Matt Diskin will be hoping his side can bounce back from defeat against Dewsbury when they host Halifax tomorrow afternoon (Sat, 3pm).

The Bulldogs welcome ‘Fax to Mount Pleasant after the original fixture was postponed earlier in the season. 

Diskin’s side go into the contest on the back of a 20-18 defeat against the Rams at the Summer Bash with the Batley chief admitting his side weren’t creative enough. 

“We were nowhere near where we wanted to be with the ball, we looked a bit blunt on their goal line,” said Diskin.   

“We have got a couple of young halves in there who will get better with time but the senior boys around them need to put their hands up and offer them some lines and some opportunities.

“I thought the way the ruck was officiated slowed the game down, you could have made a pot of tea by the time the ball was played. 

“That helped Dewsbury a lot and frustrated our boys. 

“But the three tries we conceded were pretty weak, one against the grain, a little bit lazy and a couple of soft goal-line tries, we shouldn’t be conceding them.”

The Bulldogs travelled to Blackpool with a number of injury concerns and were forced to draft in Reiss Butterworth on a month’s loan from Bradford, while also handing a deal to former Lock Lane amateur Danny Sowerby. 

“The two youngs kids, Danny Sowerby and Reiss Butterworth, played exceptionally well,” added Diskin.

“They got brought in late and flushed into it but I thought they did really well.” 

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