Batley want to fix “weak mentality”

Batley want to fix “weak mentality”

BATLEY BULLDOGS boss Matt Diskin says that his side are working to strengthen their “weak mentality” as they prepare for the visit of London Broncos on Sunday.

The Bulldogs have lost their last five games and host the Broncos, who are battling for a top-four spot, this weekend (3pm). 

The Mount Pleasant side has faced numerous injury problems in recent weeks but Diskin insists that is no excuse for some of the performances over the last month. 

“London are a very good team, they have got some real pace on the edges and if you are not concentrating on your job they can punish you,” said Diskin. 

“We are on a bit of a bad run of form at the moment, we have had quite a few consecutive loses. 

“We get a few back from injury and then we lose a few. 

“The frustrating part of it from our point of view is that, irrespective of the injury situation, we have still had opportunities to compete and win some of the games we have come up short in. 

“When we are looking on video and with what we are working on in training we have let ourselves down in some areas. 

“When we get a little bit of adversity we don’t seem to be able to back it up and it is that weak mentality that we are looking to work out of our game at the moment.”

Batley’s latest defeat came as they were beaten 50-12 by Halifax on Sunday afternoon.

And the Batley chief felt that one of the main reasons for the defeat was the Bulldog’s lack of attacking edge. 

He added: “We competed exceptionally well with Halifax and I thought we were unlucky to be down on the scoreboard. 

“We built some really good pressure but we lacked that real clinical edge which is always going to happen when you’re missing your first-choice half-back.

“We had plenty of pressure but we just had some really poor lapses in concentration. 

“We would defend really well for four or five plays and then make an error or give a penalty away. 

“And it is something we are working very hard to correct at the moment.”

Diskin is hopeful that Patch Walker and Alistair Leak will recover from their respective injuries in time for Sunday’s game. 

However, one player who will not feature on Sunday or for the rest of the year is Danny Cowling. 

The 26-year-old centre has suffered an ACL tear and is not expected to return until the beginning of next season. 

Elsewhere, Batley have slashed admission prices for Sunday’s game. 

Adult tickets are now priced at just £10 while juniors can gain free admission. Bulldogs season ticket holders can also get a free drink with the Sheffield Eagles voucher from their booklet. 

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