Batley still hopeful of reaching playoffs

KARL HARRISON knows the Bulldogs must rely on favours from others in their quest for the playoffs after losing at home to Featherstone.
Batley scored five tries at home against the tabletoppers but Rovers replied with six of their own to win 3426.
Batley earned a point but slipped to seventh and Harrison said: “We’re still in with a chance of the top six, though it’ll be extremely difficult as we’re relying on other people to do us a favour.
“The result was a body blow because we were the better team. But we let it go. I think we missed Paul Handforth (out with a dead leg) and his leadership. This season can still be a platform to take the club forward. And if we do get into the playoffs, I’m certain nobody will want to play us.”
To achieve that aim the Bulldogs face two ‘mustwin’ away matches – Halifax on Sunday (3pm) and relegated Whitehaven – as they bid to finish their Northern Rail Cupwinning campaign on another high.
Then they face an offthefield battle – to keep their squad together.
Scrumhalf Gareth Moore and prop Sean Hesketh have an eye on Super League but the Bulldogs remain confident of tying up most of the remainder including centre Danny Maun.
Chairman Kevin Nicholas said he was getting “positive vibes” from the players.

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