it was one mistake that nearly cost us, and besides that, the dual reg worked pretty well for us, also majority of people i have spoke to thought it would of benifited us this year too
DR is the pits and choose how this season pans out it was the correct descition to not use it IMO. It is a blight on our game and the sooner the powers that be end it and bring back reserve team footy the better. Fact is we did not have enough cover in the backs once again especially the halves that is why we are struggling.
Two words; unbelievable and explain. Apart from the first game of the season (not counting Normanton) we've given every team a start, luckily we came back twice, but in every other game we've started late and fallen short. Today we came across a team which looked at the beginning as they fully expected to get beat and we got off to a flier and opened up a completely defendable lead. Then we put in an abject second half like our usual first half. Basic brains went out of the window along with everything else. I hope that someone can explain what they were thinking. JK must be thinking long and hard after this and couldn't be blamed for leaving it all behind. This was a throw away and every man in that 17 owes the club after that.
Sorry to disagree phildog but the tactics on display are the ones provided by the coach. Featherstone were completely outplayed in the first half and they discovered that there was no way through the middle past our excellent forwards. Cue plan B for them Moore took control and sprayed the ball right and left out to their three quarters and once they scored there was only going to be one result. Our backs could not cope . My point is we have no plan B, no moves apart from the scoot ,drive or bomb. Ball movement to the flanks only happens on rare occasions. The players must take some blame for yesterday but so should the coach for our poor tactics this season. As I have said more than once a player in the Handforth mode to push us around the park and create chances is a must. We have no leader out there. a couple of outside backs even on loan would not go amiss . I know we have limited finance and the available talent is thin on the ground but we have to look. Like it or not we are now in the relegation mire with free scoring Leigh to come next
On the Moore dive and the feigning of injury I fear it is slowly creeping into our great game. It needs stamping out now RL is a tough sport played by hard men it should stay that way.
A final word on the attendance it was pathetic for a game of that importance. The weather was awful I know but I noticed a lot of regular bulldog fans missing. I do believe that fans are starting to vote with their feet. We need to play more open and attractive rugby now. The boring one man stuff is wearing thin it did not work last season it will not this. One thing I would do is urge our fans to stick with the team, we will improve. Now is not the time to stay away we must all pull together and get the team back on the winning trail .
Not heard anything about a half back but personally I would not mind if it was Gareth Moore not everyones cup of tea but he can certainly kick goals better than anyone we have at present plus he knows where the try line is. His scoring record for us is quite impressive. We could really do with a couple of players coming into the backline, with our dominant pack we could turn the season around starting with a win on Sunday.
Here we go I wondered how long it would take,yes we didn't play all that well but we didn't have to,I thought that batley side last night was no better than the batley side we beat good Friday last season. Admitted you missed Campbell & Craven as Jordan Grayston will never make a fullback as long as he's got a hole in his ######!! But we'd a few players that we've got to come into that team that will improve us. As for you making us look good after talking to a mate of mine who's a Doncaster fan the same could be said about them making you look good!!
In the backs Graham we had Campbell, Faal, Leatherbarrow, Craven all injured no excuses from me though on that score. We still had 13 on the park and did not have a clue how to cross the try line, no ideas in the final quarter again. Dewsbury scored nearly every time they attacked in our red zone. Believe me Graham we did not look good at Doncaster. We fought hard and sneaked the points.
Thanks rogert for realising this ain't having ago
Local rugby seems to be on the demise, batley boys DO without doubt a sterling job running all the age groups and hats of to the work of their supporters and helpers who work without any reward than.helping the next generation
But surely local clubs like the boys are having to cast their nets further to attract young lads and lasses to the game at grass roots level.
The stupid "no competition " mentality of schools regarding their attitudes to sport has done far more damage in the long run...than the damage of a few kids coming second or third
The competitive edge has to be reintroduced to schools
How are we expected to produce athletes if competition is deemed unproductive?
Blame the looney left they are the ones responsible for the no competition mentality with no winners and losers. In most peoples minds competition is Productive.
Tremendous performance today am very proud of the team. That's 3 games now where the games have been very close but unfortunately no points. Things will improve for this team I am sure. Top rugby league from a very hard working Bulldog outfit.
This discussion is going nowhere people will have their own opinions on the reasons for our struggle to increase the gates at Mount Pleasant. Lets all get up their tomorrow and hope that the clubs efforts with the marketing has been a success and we get a good gate of 1400+ . One thing we are agreed on is the club deserves better crowds lets hope it happens.
Just out of interest, at 7.10 on the highlights, l would like to know some people's thought on the ball steal on Murphy. Murphy dived at Ainscough's feet to regather the ball, and stayed there. No-one made an attempt to tackle him, and Ainscough took the ball from him and scored. Stokes initially waved play on, but then called him back after he had scored!
My view was as Stokes waved play on and the Workington player made no effort to regain his feet the ball steal was legal and a try should have been given.
Crowd today maybe not competitive with Leigh v Bulls BUT it was up on last season & felt a buzz about the place. Great reception for players as they came off field which they thoroughly deserved. The Marketing team are a breath of fresh air. Their leaflet promoting our first three games is superb. Their efforts are very much appreciated with Battler up at exit 27. Can I repeat myself " One small step for Battler one giant leap for the Club". Please keep up the hard work & slowly we can get there. I just feel there is something special going on at the moment at our Club & in our Sport. I always want us to finish ahead of Dewsbury but I was pleased they won on Friday. Great for the area which needs a boost.hope Hunslet v Fev is a competitive game tomorrow to finish off an exciting weekend for the Championship.
Well done to all who work on promoting " the Bulldogs " it can only bring positives. As for the crowd it was at least 20% up on last year so we are going in the right direction. The competition itself is very exciting and you only have to look at next weeks fixtures to see that. To finish what a terrific performance 1st up from the dogs. More please.
What do other bulldog fans think of that pathetic attendance on Sunday. For me it puts to sleep what some supporters have been saying recently. The theme being that if the price was right we would increase attendances at The Mount. It was only £10 in on Sunday The gate was 450 , a bit cold but sunny. No rain or snow. The team were on a successful run with the scalps of Fev and Dewsbury tucked in our belts. I know it was our fourth home match pre-season. My point being that the team deserve better and I do think the Batley public are a little apathetic at times.
In two weeks we kick off a very exciting season of rugby league with Workington 1st up at The Mount we need support. The board and the coaches have worked hard to give us a good team. Lets reward them through the turnstiles. It is I know £17 in but the season tickets are good value at £185 for either 14 or 15 home games depending on if we can make the top 8. Also the family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is too. With a season ticket you have 4 free drinks vouchers that's £12 back. Also with the ticket being in voucher form(not photo) if you cant make it let a friend use it . I believe we had 650 for the same game last season . For me anything under 800 1st up would be disappointing. 1000 would be brilliant the fans are out there lets get up,t Mount.
I say it as I see it played and coached the game for 30 yrs but it doesn't need that to see when someone's taking hold of the game as he was ways should be found to test let's say his resolve,wanted someone on his case, the rest of the team responded to his lead and I'm afraid if we can't plug holes were gonna be in trouble let's judge us after a few games and see if we've learned anything
The said scrum half played against us last season home and away when we recorded wins in both matches his name is Dallymore good player I agree but not a world beater. I am confident Sunday was a blip and JK will sort it for the Workington game.