Coach Diskin’s determined to keep Batley Bulldogs’ momentum at fever pitch

Batley forward James Brown needs surgery on a biceps injury. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Batley forward James Brown needs surgery on a biceps injury. PIC: Paul Butterfield

BATLEY BULLDOGS will be facing desperate opposition when Oldham visit Mount Pleasant tomorrow (3pm), but boss Matt Diskin insists his team have just as much motivation.

Oldham are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table and deep in relegation danger and Diskin predicted: “It will be a tough game.

Batley Bulldogs head coach, Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Batley Bulldogs head coach, Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

“They are fighting for survival and that makes them a massive threat.”

Batley are second and have already secured a semi-final place, but Diskin stressed they can’t afford to ease off.

He added: “We want home advantage so we have to finish in the top-two.

“We are confident if we continue the form we are in, but Sheffield are snapping at our heels.

“They keep picking up results so we have got to keep our momentum going.”

Diskin is looking for an improvement on Bulldogs’ performance in last weekend’s 34-14 win at Rochdale Hornets.

“If we had come up against a side that were willing to play they would probably have got us,” he said.

“Hopefully that was a warning sign for us at a good time of the year and it will give us a kick up the backside for the rest of the Shield games.”

Bulldogs forward James Brown is set to undergo surgery this month on a torn biceps and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Full-back Jimmy Watson scored a hat-trick of tries in the 32-18 win over Gloucestershire All Golds.

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Batley's coach Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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