Batley: Kear explodes after Bulldogs implode

John Kear
John Kear
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batley bulldOgs’ 24-22 defeat at home to Whitehaven was self-inflicted, coach John Kear says.

Haven scored a last-gasp try to pull level on points with ninth-placed Batley in the Kingstone Press Championship.

“They scored right at the end, there was only about four tackles left after that,” Kear said.

“We gave them the game. We were 10 points up and when we got there, there was half an hour left and we were playing downhill.

“We should have closed the game out, but of the last 16 times we had the ball, we completed five of the sets.

“Two of those were penalties against Whitehaven, one was a third-tackle kick and another was right at the end when we got the ball back from the kick-off and a second-tackle kick.

“We absolutely imploded, it was one that got away from us.”

Bulldogs, who face a vital game at second-bottom Workington Town on Sunday, came through with no new injuries.

Full-back James Craven and stand-off Scott Leatherbarrow both returned from injury and Kear added: “We scored four tries and they got three of them between them.

“They contributed and the half-backs, Leatherbarrow and Alistair Leak, did well. We didn’t lose it there, we lost it with silly mistakes.”