Rochdale Hornets v Batley Bulldogs - Matt Diskin eyes momentum for Shield tilt

Batley Bulldogs' coach Matt Diskin. 
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Batley Bulldogs' coach Matt Diskin. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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IT IS a case of better late than never for Batley Bulldogs, who will travel to Rochdale Hornets tomorrow (3pm) looking for a third successive win.

Bulldogs have missed the boat in the race for a top-four finish in the Kingstone Press Championship, but boss Matt Diskin wants his men to hold on to their current sixth spot to give them a good platform for the upcoming Shield competition.

We have been building all year and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and us as a team.

Batley Bulldogs coach, Matt Diskin

“We’ve put together two or three good performances on the bounce,” said Diskin, whose side crushed Sheffield Eagles 70-12 last Sunday. “We’ve not achieved our initial goal of the top four, which is disappointing, but we’ve got to take the momentum we’ve got and finish in the highest place possible.

“We have been building all year and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and us as a team.

“I 100 per cent believe that we have got a top-four squad. Unfortunately, we’ve fallen short, but we’ve got to keep building and putting good practices into place and developing a good culture which will allow us to achieve that objective in the future.”

Rochdale are eighth and Diskin – who will be without centre Sam Smeaton due to a knee problem – predicted: “They will fancy themselves.

“They’ve done the double over Bradford and for 70 minutes they dominated us on our own turf. We got the result in the end, but we were fortunate.”

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