BOSS JOHN Kear has paid tribute to his Batley Bulldogs team – and winger Shaun Ainscough in particular – following their 50-0 home drubbing of Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.
The victory came six days after Bulldogs let slip a 26-6 lead in the final six minutes away to Featherstone Rovers.
Kear kept faith with Ainscough – whose mistake handed Rovers their winning try after the hooter had sounded – and he said: “He played very well.
“He was error-free, he scored a try late on and he really applied himself very well.
“I was pleased for him and for the group as a whole. They showed great togetherness, great unity and great spirit.
“It was really rewarding for them.”
Kear said Bulldogs had been determined to answer their critics following the loss at Featherstone.
“The team talk and the theme of the week was that people had questioned the effect the incident [Ainscough’s error] would have on us, whether it would fold us up or pull us together. They answered the question – the whole team played really well.”
Bulldogs travel to London Broncos on Sunday with a two-point gap separating them and the relegation zone. Kear said: “Three or four players picked up bumps and bruises at the weekend, but that’s normal at this stage of the season.”