Wakefield Wildcats: Jones-Bishop has notable double in his sights

Ben Jones-Bishop.
Ben Jones-Bishop.
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WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats’ Ben Jones-Bishop is aiming to complete a double against his former clubs in the space of six days.

He returned from injury in Monday’s 20-16 victory at Leeds Rhinos and is set to continue in the side at home to Salford Red Devils today. (April 2)

Jones-Bishop began his career at Leeds, but moved to Salford in 2015 and switched to Wildcats at the end of last season.

“Obviously there’s some familiar faces, but it’s just another game,” he said of today’s clash. “I am just looking to do my best and hopefully we can pick up two points.”

Wildcats will go into this afternoon’s game in high spirits after successive wins over Easter.

Two points would lift last year’s bottom club into the top-eight and Jones-Bishop said: “It is a tough time of year over Easter and games come thick and fast, but we’ve picked up four points which is pretty good.

“We are playing well as a team and things are going well.

“We are playing with a lot of confidence. In games previously we weren’t far away, but we just couldn’t play for 80 minutes.

“We had periods which let us down, but now we are really working hard for each other, we’ve got plenty of attitude and I think we are playing a bit smarter than we did at the beginning of the season.

“But it is a tough league. The league table is all over the place at the minute, so you have to be on your mettle every week.

“We have got a pretty big squad and some players who played very well against Huddersfield got rested on Monday, so we are all chomping at the bit and ready to go and looking forward to the next game.”

The defensive effort was the most pleasing aspect of Monday’s win, according to the former England Knights winger/full-back.

“It was attitude and effort,” Jones-Bishop said. “I think we’ve had it throughout the year, but we have been a bit smarter the last few weeks and it is paying off for us.

“We are really working hard for one another and it is showing. If we can win against Salford we will be in good shape.

“It is the first time in a long time Wakefield have managed back-to-back wins over Easter, but it’s usually the third game that’s the toughest.

“We had had a few days to rest up and recover, but we are looking to make it three out of three.”

Anthony England and Anthony Tupou are back in contention for Wildcats today, along with Max Jowitt.

Andy Yates drops out from the team on duty against Leeds.

Salford are without Mason Caton-Brown, who was hurt in Monday’s win at Huddersfield Giants. Jordan Walne, Olsi Krasniqi and Ryan Lannon are all in contention for a call-up.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats from: Hall, Johnstone, Arundel, Lyne, Jones-Bishop, Finn, Miller, Scruton, Moore, Simon, Kirmond, Ashurst, Molloy, Sio, Arona, Walton, A Tupou, England, Jowitt.

Salford Red Devils from: O’Brien, Evalds, Carney, J Griffin, Lannon, Jones, Forster, Dobson, Kopczak, Wood, G Griffin, Murdoch, Sarsfield, Flanagan, A Walne, Krasniqi, Sau, Tomkins, J Walne.

Referee: Joe Cobb (Leigh).

Kick-off:Today, 2.50pm.