BATLEY head coach Matt Diskin was pleased with his side’s efforts against Championship leaders Toronto – despite losing 40-10.
The Bulldogs were playing their third game in seven days when the Wolfpack arrived at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
And it showed in the scoreline, having edged a tough battle at York just four days earlier in the 1895 Cup quarter-final.
But Diskin reckons if his charges show the same attitude for this Sunday’s crucial clash at Swinton (kick-off, 3pm) – who sit on equal points with Batley in the league table – then they’ll have enough to win the battle.
The Bulldogs boss said: “I don’t think the scoreline (against Toronto) is a true reflection of the effort our lads put in.
“There was a couple of soft tries conceded and the scoreline flattered them a little bit.
“Our effort was there, but you get what you pay for. When you are spending £180,000 compared to £1.8million it is a big difference.
“With that £1.8m you can pay for quality that’s very clinical when they need to be. We knew we needed lady luck on our side and it didn’t quite shine that way.
“What I did want was a good performance attitude from our players and they had that. They worked really hard for each other.
“They didn’t make the smartest decision at times, but the effort and attitude was there and, if we’ve got that we can work on things going forward.”
Diskin says the majority of players came through the tough Toronto battle unscathed and should have a full squad to choose from when they travel to Swinton.
“Jack Downs dislocated his shoulder but it popped straight back in,” he explained.
“Other than that we are pretty clean I think.”
Batley’s ever-present back-rower Dane Manning is set for his 100th game in Bulldogs colours at the weekend, having made his debut in his first spell with club back in 2011.
And the Bulldogs’ AB Sundecks 1895 Cup semi-final away to Sheffield Eagles has been confirmed for Sunday July 28, kick-off 2pm.
The fixture will be shown live on the OurLeague app.