Diskin buoyed by Batley’s squad depth

Diskin buoyed by Batley’s squad depth

Batley Bulldogs boss Matt Diskin insists he is not worried by potential injuries at Mount Pleasant as he believes his squad has enough strength and depth to cope. 

The Bulldogs are currently awaiting the first-team returns of injured trio Joe Chandler, Sam Smeaton and Brad Day.

However, Diskin feels that there are numerous players available that can provide more than adequate cover. 

“We have made plenty of noise about the strength and depth that we have in the squad,” said Diskin. 

“It doesn’t concern me when certain people are missing because we have others coming in who will be of the same quality. 

“Brad Day is back in full training and as soon as he is match fit he will be back in the squad. 

“Sam Smeaton is running again but Joe Chandler failed his concussion test and it may be a another week with him.”

Batley will kick off their Championship season on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Leigh Centurions.

The Bulldogs’ opening-day fixture against Rochdale was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Leigh lost their first game of 2018 against Toronto last week and while Diskin is well aware of the task at hand, he does feel Leigh have vulnerabilities his side can exploit. 

He said: “We are under no illusions, we are coming up against Leigh who are favourites to win the competition. 

“We are going to Leigh with no pressure on us but we are going with an internal expectation to perform. 

“We want to put up a very good performance and you never know, if things drop our way we might come away 

with something. 

“Toronto would have been building towards Leigh for a long time and obviously wanted to put a marker down. 

“Both teams played good rugby but both teams showed areas of vulnerability. 

“The problem we have got is trying to stay with them for the full 80 minutes.”

The Bulldogs boss admitted it was frustrating to have their game against Rochdale Hornets called off last weekend. 

Diskin is also hoping that the rescheduled game does not prove to be a headache later down the line. 

He added: “Everyone was a little bit frustrated, it is a natural emotion to feel given you have worked three months building towards the game. 

“The bonus was that we trained hard on Friday and gave the boys a couple of days’ rest with their families before the season kicks off. 

“The game could prove to be a hindrance for us later on in the year, depending on the timing. 

“The natural time to play is the later rounds of the Challenge Cup, which makes sense. 

“But that still disadvantages us as we will miss the chance to rest a few bumps and bruises. 

“It is the way it is and we just need to get on with it.”

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