THE FIRST clean sheet of his reign delighted Batley Bulldogs boss Matt Diskin.
Bulldogs are guaranteed a home semi-final in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield after a 38-0 thrashing of neighbours Dewsbury Rams two days ago.
Diskin, who took charge at the end of last season, said: “Defensively we were outstanding.
“We have had a couple of 40-minute ones, but it was the first time we’ve kept a totally clean sheet and it was well-deserved.
“Dewsbury had quite a bit of sustained pressure at times, but the boys worked hard for each other.
“They worked our systems well and when they came out of structure they covered for each other and worked hard for each other.
“The zero was a massive reward.”
Despite scoring seven tries, Diskin admitted he was “a bit disappointed” with Batley’s attack.
He added: “We had opportunities to put more points on.
“On another day, making the right decisions, it could have been a bigger score.”
The win was marred by injuries to Cain Southernwood, who hyper-extended an elbow, and Patch Walker (knee ligament damage).
“That’s a bit of a scare, we have some issues at half-back going into Saturday’s game at Toulouse,” Diskin said.