Diskin geared up for another derby clash

Diskin geared up for another derby clash

Batley boss Matt Diskin says that form will go out of the window when the Bulldogs face-off at home against Dewsbury this weekend.

Sunday’s game will be the second time that the sides have met in a matter of months, with Batley coming out on top in the fixture on July 9.

Diskin is expecting Dewsbury to be full of confidence after a recent upturn in form, but he is determined to notch a second consecutive victory over the Rams after only winning one game from their four meetings this season.

“There have been plenty of derby games this year, we are in some half-decent form and Dewsbury have been flying, apart from their loss on Monday, so I’m sure they will be full of confidence,” said Diskin.

“Whoever you play at home you would like to think you have a slight advantage.

“But when you come up against local rivals, pride is on the line and home advantage and form can go out of the window.

“We want to beat them again because they are up on us so far this year.”

Batley go into Sunday’s home game having won their last outing against Bradford in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, and Diskin feels his team are starting to be more consistent in implementing his ideals.

The former Bulls player also believes the win over his old club shows that his team are learning their lessons.

He said: “The players are slowly adjusting to everything and starting to grasp what we are putting across.

“Against Oldham and Rochdale we learnt how to grind out results when things weren’t going our way and when we weren’t playing particularly well.

“At Bradford we went 12-0 down and came back convincingly, other times this year we would’ve struggled but we showed at Odsal that we had learnt our lessons.

“We were really clinical either side of half-time, we threw the ball about nicely and played some really nice football.

“Something we haven’t managed to do is produce a performance like that for 80 minutes but we are working towards that.”

The Bulldogs will likely have a full squad to choose from for the Heavy Woollen derby clash on Sunday, with the exception of James Brown who underwent surgery this past week for a bicep tear that ended his season.

The Bulldogs boss has also said he will not be resting anyone ahead of the Shield semi-finals as he wants his side to go into the knockout games full of momentum. 

“We are building week to week, no-one will be getting rested unless they need it,” added Diskin. 

“We are looking to improve ourselves as the weeks go on so that when we get to the semi-finals we can be switched on and deliver a performance.”

Diskin has also said that the club are making progress with potential recruits for next season but has yet to specify who they are in discussions with.

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