BATLEY chairman Kevin Nicholas insists that he has full confidence in head coach Matt Diskin, despite a run of five successive defeats in the league and cup.
The Bulldogs’ last victory came at the beginning of April with a 38-36 comeback win over Rochdale Hornets at Mount Pleasant. Since then, Batley have lost twice to local rivals Dewsbury Rams and have suffered heavy defeats at the hands of London and Hull KR.
Nicholas has been disappointed with recent results but believes that Diskin will be able to turn things around sooner rather than later.
“I don’t think we are where we would like to be at this time in the season, it is disappointing but I am confident that over the next few weeks things will begin to improve,” said Nicholas.
“By the end of the season I am sure that we will be in a better position than we are in now.
“Even though we have gone on a bad run in April there are no panic stations, we still have faith in the players and the coaches that they can turn it around and finish the season strongly.”
Batley currently sit seventh in the Kingstone Press Championship and are now eight points behind fourth-placed London.
Nicholas has admitted that he feels Batley should have been in a better position by this stage of the season.
He said: “I would have been reasonably satisfied if we had got three more wins and been six points better off than we are now.
“Obviously it has not happened but over the next few weeks I believe things will get better and I am looking forward to the second half of the season.
“There have been a lot injuries we have had to deal with. We have played Hull KR and London who are full-time teams. I am not disappointed we have lost to them, however it would have been nice for the scores to be a bit lower.
“Some players have lost a bit of form but I am sure they will be able to turn it around.”
In their 10 remaining games before the Super 8s, Batley only have three fixtures against the Championship’s current top four teams. Nicholas believes this will prove pivotal as Diskin looks to get Batley’s season back on track.
“In the last few weeks we have played the full-time teams in London and Hull KR and in the coming weeks we will be coming up against part-time clubs who are in the same position as us,” Nicholas added.
“We know we have got good players and that we can beat most teams in our division if we play to our best standard, and we are hoping we can do that from now until the end of the season.
“Our next target is to get a win under our belts and go from there.”
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