Bulldogs’ delight after perfect Easter weekend

Bulldogs’ delight after perfect Easter weekend

BATLEY BULLDOGS coach Matt Diskin wants to see his side build momentum after coming out of the Easter period with two wins from two.

They managed to overcome Wayne Reittie’s sending-off to come from behind and beat Heavy Woollen rivals Dewsbury 20-8 on Good Friday, and backed that up with a 32-18 success over Swinton on Easter Monday.

The Bulldogs have now won three Championship games in a row after taking the points in only one of their first eight, and sit prettier in ninth spot in the table.

Boss Diskin wants to see them continue that form as they host Leigh Centurions at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

“To come out of the Easter period with two wins out of two is massive for us,” he said.

“With the momentum we’ve got, let’s try and ride it. There are no expectations on us against Leigh other than our own, but let’s try and build momentum and keep picking up points.”

They racked up their highest points total of the season so far in the Swinton triumph, but the coach praised their efforts at both ends of the pitch in that game.

“Some of the stuff we did really well. We played some really good rugby and scored some fantastic tries,” he said.

“But I thought they defended well, in the first half in particular, to say it’s the second game in three days.

“There was a little bit of fatigue in the second half, a few missed tackles and poor decisions, but it’s the Easter weekend so we’ll put some context to that.”

There were some outstanding individual efforts as well, with Diskin picking out two players for particular praise.

“Johnny Campbell made some really good contributions, in the first half in particular,” he said. “Getting us off our own line and getting us up the field I thought he was very good.

“Jack Downs was good again, even if he got sin-binned so he got 10 minutes’ rest! Two full performances from him (over Easter) was a massive effort.”

He also applauded the efforts of young hooker Reiss Butterworth, who re-joined the club on dual registration from Huddersfield last week and played the final few minutes of the Rams clash before putting in a full 80-minute stint against Swinton.

“I thought he did exceptionally well,” said Diskin. “He’s a very talented player, he’s worked exceptionally hard at Huddersfield in pre-season and got himself in a much better shape.

“This time last year I don’t think he could have completed 80 minutes so it’s a big step for him, and I thought he showed some brilliant control in and around the ruck area.”

Batley suffered only one injury over the notorious Easter schedule, with prop Tom Lillycrop set to miss the next couple of weeks after picking up a calf strain in the Dewsbury clash.

Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak and Dane Manning all sat out the Easter Monday fixture but will be back to bolster their pack against Leigh.

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