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BATLEY Bulldogs have proved they will be a force to be reckoned with when the Co-op Championship play-offs come around, writes PETER SMITH.

That’s the message from coach John Kear following his side’s 31-28 defeat at leaders Featherstone Rovers on Sunday.

“I was pleased with the performance, but disappointed with the result,” said Kear, who reported no significant injuries.

“It was much improved from the Sheffield game the week before. We went to the champions’ home ground and took them all the way.

“With a bit of luck we could have had them, though credit to Featherstone, they must have certain distractions with the Northern Rail Cup final coming up.

“But it is comforting that we’ve played them three times and beaten them once and lost once by seven and once by three and in each game it could have gone either way.”

Batley's coach Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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