BATLEY BULLDOGS could have just one half-back available for the remainder of pre-season after Ben White broke his finger in the Boxing Day derby at Dewsbury.
White, making his first appearance since signing for the club from Barrow, played on after suffering the injury in the first five minutes of the game.
However, the 25-year-old is now set to miss the next couple of weeks of training, joining Lewis Galbraith (ankle) on the treatment table. Michael Ward was taken off during the game as a precaution but his calf issue is expected to cause no problems.
Overall there was plenty for coach Craig Lingard to learn about his side in his first game in charge, a 14-14 draw which saw them concede two quick tries after half-time following a promising first half.
“I think we probably had the better chances in the first half and Dewsbury played a lot better in that second half, and certainly the first 10-15 minutes after half-time,” he said.
“What we’ve said to the guys is that regardless of who you play against, you can’t have 10 minutes off and we did at the start of the second half when Dewsbury got those points. There are lessons to be learned for us.
“It’s slightly different to a normal league game because we made five changes at half-time, which you wouldn’t do in a league game, so there’s that to take into account as well. But it was a really good exercise for us today; we learned a lot about a lot of people, what worked well for us and what didn’t work so well.
“The negative for us was our completion rate, I think that was quite low and we had to do a lot of defensive work, although our defensive work in the main was pretty good.”
Lingard was pleased to see Danny Bravo back on the field after his three-year injury nightmare: “He had a good 25 minutes as we didn’t want to overload him too soon, and we’ll see how his body is. He’ll get some more game time in the next couple of games, I’d imagine.”
The trialists at the club are also expected to feature across the rest of their pre-season schedule, which continues with a trip to Hunslet (January 12) before home matches against Super League sides Hull FC (January 19) and Huddersfield Giants (January 26).