Championship: Batley capable of upsetting the form book – Kear

John Kear
John Kear
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BATLEY BULLDOGS will be over the worst after tomorrow’s trip to Bradford Bulls (3pm), coach John Kear says.

Bulldogs are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship and Kear reckons there is no pressure on his team against Bradford, who will go top if they win.

“Nobody in their right mind would say we will go to Odsal and win,” Kear conceded.

“We can go there and start looking at the processes of rugby league, knowing (bottom club) Doncaster are just around the corner, the week after.”

Batley went close to beating Bulls at home earlier in the campaign and a good performance tomorrow, whatever the result, would set them up for a strong finish to the season, according to head coach Kear.

“I clipped a video of the home game against them, to give the players a bit of confidence,” he said.

“We lost by seven points, but Cain Southernwood missed a penalty to put us seven points in front and I think if that had gone over we would have won.

“They scored a try straight afterwards and scored on the last play of the game, but that was one of our best performances of the season.

“Bradford are the last really big team in the division we will play. They are all tough fixtures, but the really, really difficult ones will be out of the way after this weekend and hopefully we can finish with the wind in our sails.”

Bulls coach James Lowes is similarly minded.

“I am sure Batley are going to come flying out of the blocks and throw everything they have got at us.

“But if we perform better than we have over the last couple of weeks, I am confident we can get a good result.”