Batley must not ease off – Kear

BATLEY BULLDOGS must not take their foot off the gas, according to coach John Kear.

Kear has seen his side bounce back from a poor run of form to clinch two vital league wins in a row, including a dramatic late victory at Keighley last Sunday.

However, the former England chief says his side cannot get complacent now and must continue to win games.

The Bulldogs are at home on Sunday, when they take on North Wales Crusaders (2pm), and Kear says it will be a tough test.

He said: “We cannnot take our foot off the gas because we are doing well at the moment.

“I do sense a growing air of confidence amongst the players and we have made the steps forward we have required.

“We just need to keep racking up those wins but we are only looking one game down the line and that is North Wales Crusaders.

“They’ve just completed the double over Workington who gave us a bit of a touch-up so they will certainly provide a challenge.

“You are challenged every week in this league and North Wales will be no different, especially with Super League-quality players like Stephen Wild and Stuart Reardon amongst their ranks.”

Kear also said that it is pleasing to see so many of his players hitting form at a crucial time during the season.

One such player is second-row Sam Scott, who has been  named as the Kingstone Press Championship Player of the week.

Scott was the man-of-the-match in Batley’s 28-24 victory over Keighley Cougars.

The former Sheffield and York player scored two tries, but also earned praise from Batley coach John Kear for other aspects of his game.

Kear also praised Bulldogs full-back Miles Greenwood, who joined Scott in the Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week.

Kear said: “Sam was a handful every time he carried the ball, but defensively he was also very strong.

“He came up with some crucial plays at crucial times – and not just scoring two tries.

“He re-gathered a short kick-off to give us a good attacking platform, and provided the line break pass that set up our winning try.”

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