Batley Bulldogs: Ben ‘Black’ in business for Bulldogs

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batley bulldogs coach John Kear has praised play-maker Ben Black for his rapid return to action.

Black made his comeback from a knee injury in the 42-0 win over Swinton Lions two days ago.

Kear said: “He came through well and we brought him off 15 minutes from the end, because we need him for next week.

“He should have been out for six to eight weeks and he came back after five.

“That is credit to him and the effect he had on the team was clear for all to see.”

The win means Bulldogs will go into Sunday’s final game of the season, at Doncaster, in ninth spot on the table, with points difference separating them from the relegation zone.

Last week’s successful appeal against a three-point deduction, for fielding an ineligible player, gave Bulldogs’ survival hopes a major boost and Kear said: “The team played very well.

“I know you try and play off-the-field things down, but in the real world it does have an effect.

“Winning the appeal lifted the players and put a spring in their step and that was reflected in the performance.”

Kear added: “The equation now is a simple one – if we win, we stay up.

“If we lose we are relying on other people, so it is a big, big game – but it is for Doncaster as well, because they are fighting for second spot.”

Baley try scorer Alex Rowe. PIC: Paul Butterfield

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