Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams: Diskin’s keen to make amends

Matt Diskin.
Matt Diskin.
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BATLEY BULLDOGS will be looking for some payback when they take on Dewsbury Rams tomorrow in the final game of the Kingstone Press Championship’s Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool (5.15pm).

Rams have won only three games in all competitions this year and two of those were against Batley. Bulldogs are in upbeat mood after beating Oldham last week and boss Matt Diskin admitted: “We feel we’ve not given a true reflection of ourselves against Dewsbury. They have raised their game to a better degree than we have in the two games so far. In the last one, in the Cup, were were in a really dominant position and we threw it away. This time we want to put a performance in that is a true reflection of our capabilities.”

Neil Kelly.

Neil Kelly.

Rams coach Neil Kelly had harsh words for his players who were crushed 52-10 at Featherstone Rovers last week. He said: “I thought we went into the game to lose and it was just a matter of how many we lost by. I was buoyed up by the performance the week before, I saw it is in them, but last week they allowed little things to put them off.

“Sometimes you think the personnel has got to change. I am hoping that is not the case with us, but you can’t help but think that. We are effectively bottom of the table – because Bradford are only below us due to a points deduction – but we can’t keep sulking and moaning and letting little things put us off.

“We have to be more resilient and there comes a point when if they are not going to show that resilience you have to find people who will go out and fight for you. Some of them have been really good, but I am looking for us to produce a team performance.”

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