Kear: Bouyant Batley are up for the Shield

John Kear

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WE ARE in it to win it is Batley Bulldogs’ attitude going into the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

Bulldogs - whose campaign begins away to Workington Town tomorrow (3pm) - are not safe from relegation, but coach John Kear said they are looking up, not down.

The top-four at the end of the next seven matches will go into knockout play-offs for a spot in the Shield final, with the bottom two being relegated.

Batley are one point behind Workington, who occupy the final play-off spot and four clear of second-bottom Hunslet Hawks and Kear insisted: “We’re really looking forward to it. We think we can beat anybody in the bottom-eight and we’re confident about the form we’re in.

“We are looking to win it. We’ve won three of our last four and finished [the regular season] with a flourish and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t feel good about ourselves.”

Bulldogs beat Workington at home and away in the weekly rounds and Kear added: “That will have hurt them greatly.”

“It is a tough one because of the travel, but we’ve been up there before and come away successful and we are confident we can do it again.”

Batley Bulldogs' coach Matt Diskin. 
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