Batley Bulldogs: Disappointed Diskin hoping for a silver lining to the season

Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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BATLEY BULLDOGS are on course to salvage something from what coach Matt Diskin feels has been a disappointing season.

Batley finished second on the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table and sixth overall in the second tier.

They were third in the Championship last term and Diskin said: “The second half of the season has been good, but we are a little disappointed as a group because we had aspirations of the top four.

“We fell short of that, but in one sense – when you look at our budget and money spent – we’ve finished exactly where we should have.

“That’s no comfort, but the next best thing is to have a crack at the Shield competition.”

Bulldogs will be at home to Sheffield Eagles in a sudden-death semi-final on Sunday, a week after closing their league campaign with a 34-18 win over the same opposition at Mount Pleasant.

“I was happy with the win,” Diskin said of the game two days ago. “It was a scrappy game, very whistle happy, but it was good to get a positive result building into the semi-final.

“It was nice to win, it is always good to win whether you are playing Monopoly or rugby league, but it will be a totally different scenario this week. That result doesn’t mean anything, we have got to get the result on Sunday.”

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