Batley Bulldogs: Diskin demands more improvement from his side at the Hornets

Matt Diskin.
Matt Diskin.
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CARRY ON from where you left off is the challenge to Batley Bulldogs’ players ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Rochdale Hornets (3pm).

Batley began their Kingstone Press Championship Shield campaign with a 62-10 win over Swinton Lions last week, when they scored 44 unanswered points in the second half.

Boss Matt Diskin now wants to see his men at least match – and preferably improve on – that performance as they seek a win which would guarantee their place in the Shield semi-finals.

“We did reasonably well against Swinton, but there’s still a lot of improvement in us,” Diskin said.

“Rochdale are a tough test.

“They made a lot of uncharacteristic errors last week [in a 56-8 defeat at Dewsbury Rams] and put themselves under a lot of pressure.

“I can’t see them playing as badly again in the Shield, but we can be better as well.

“We had opportunities to be more clinical with the ball in good ball and we need to fine tune the ruck area.

“We need to be a bit more ruthless in the way we go about things.”

Diskin reckons his team have a habit of letting opponents off the hook.

“We have got to get a disciplined and ruthless mentality about us,” he added.

“That is building, but it’s not quite there. We need to be a bit more aggressive and more ruthless in carrying out our plans.”