Bulldogs must have more belief

Bulldogs must have more belief

BATLEY boss Matt Diskin believes his players need to have more belief in themselves as they look to end a run of five straight defeats against Oldham RLFC on Sunday afternoon (3pm). 

The Bulldogs were given a rest this past weekend after elimination from the fifth round of the Challenge Cup last month.

Diskin is keen for his side to turn things around and is confident that his players will get a result on Sunday.

“I have confidence in the ability of my players and that they have the quality to win games no matter who we are playing,” said Diskin.

“The players need to have that belief in themselves, we have been on a poor run of form but that is not a reflection of the quality we have got.

“When we pull together and work as a team and buy into the team ethic we are a tough team to break down.”

Batley won the reverse fixture against Oldham 50-10 at Mount Pleasant at the end of March and Diskin says the performance was one of his team’s best this season.

Despite the convincing win last time out Diskin is not taking Sunday’s game lightly and is wary of the damage that Oldham can cause.

He said: “The result last time out is the most fluid we have looked this season, however Oldham are always a very tough team to beat.

“They are tough down the middle, they like to control the ruck and it is going to be difficult for us if we approach the game with the wrong attitude.

“I want my players to play selflessly, to do the right thing for the team rather than what they might think is the right thing for themselves.

“We have made some poor decisions in defence and going forward when we have been fatigued and that is something we have worked on in training over the last two weeks.”

“We want to get the win after all the hard work we have put in at training and go into the game against Dewsbury next weekend confident of getting a result.”


OLDHAM normally play their home games at Bower Fold, the home of Stalybridge Celtic FC. 

But the venue for this weekend’s game has been changed due to essential work being carried out on the Bower Fold pitch.

The game will now be played at the Manchester Regional Arena, which is part of the Etihad Campus at Sportcity and has a capacity of 6,500.

“It is a new venue for us and them, it is a good facility and a good stadium with it being part of Manchester City’s facilities,” added Diskin.

“The element of home advantage might go but the excitement of playing at a good stadium will probably benefit both sides.

Batley will also have winger Wayne Reittie available for selection again after he has recovered from a hamstring problem.

Shaun Ainscough is also likely to make his way back into the side after recovering from a broken wrist.

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