Diskin: ’Dogs need more bite against Eagles

Diskin: ’Dogs need more bite against Eagles

BATLEY coach Matt Diskin says his side will be aiming to right the wrongs of their humiliation at Sheffield earlier in the season when they welcome the Eagles this weekend.

Sunday’s tie (kick-off 3pm) between the two sides is the third annual Jo Cox Memorial Game, with entry free at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

The Bulldogs lost 44-16 against Sheffield back in March, but come into this match in better form after winning three of their past four games in all 

competitions.

Diskin wants to see his team correct their performance from the last time the two sides met, as well as improve on last week’s 16-0 defeat at Bradford, when they meet the play-off chasing Eagles.

“They’re doing exceptionally well. They’ve got some quality in there and some lads that we know very well,” he said.

“But we’re conscious that we got dished up by them away, we got embarrassed in the second half against them, so we want to correct that. We want to put in a better showing of ourselves that we did previously.

“We need to be clinical with the ball in hand, and we need to stay in the game for longer periods.

“We did against Bradford, we did control possession and did okay in that aspect of the game, but we didn’t do anything with the ball so we’ve got to be better when we’ve got the ball in hand.

“We want to be a team that controls field position and plays with the ball in hand, and we didn’t do that at the weekend which was very disappointing, so we’ll look to correct that at Sheffield.”

Batley’s squad remains slim as a number of players continue their injury recoveries, with only prop Toby Everett expected to return after missing last week’s defeat to the Bulls.

“He pulled up with a tight calf in training on the Wednesday. We’re in a fortunate position regarding front-rowers, we’ve got plenty of lads with fresh legs so we decided to go with somebody else,” said Diskin.

Prop Tyler Dickinson was in the 19-man squad last week after recovering from a thumb injury, but his absence could be prolonged by a personal issue.

Tom Lillycrop, Danny Yates and Niall Walker are all closing in on returns but won’t be ready to play in the Sheffield clash.

Michael Ward will reach 200 career appearances if he features this weekend.

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