On "paper" Keighley have got a good run in http://www.bbc.co.uk...onship/fixtures. Three of there remaining games are against teams in the bottom 4 whilst Whitehaven play two of the bottom 4 plus ourselves at home.
The squad needs strengthening this week with the signing of a centre,halfback and a Prop (do not know the situation with Keegan Hirst). The squad does not have the players to cover any injuries to these three positions .The club also need to contact Huddersfield to sort something out for at least the next month.
Batley can stop up but not without extra bodies. Cannot go into anymore games with so many players playing out of position.
I agree, I thought Batley deserved to win simply because Fax switched off when they thought the game was won and you cant do that against anyone in this division. It made for good value for money even if the game was played at a snails pace but on a day like today it might be a bit much to expect the big lads for both teams to clear the ruck quickly.
Halifax did not switch off they 'ran out of steam'. In the last 10 minutes Halifax where continually trying to slow the play down and where making errors due to fatigue. Over the 80 minutes I did not think there was much between the two sides and a draw was a fair result.
I heard that both him and Moore have signed on there for next season. Announced at one of their press announcements today.
Moore and Flanagan along with Hirst where signed on two years contract so are contracted to be at Featherstone next season. I would be happy with Blake,Nicholson and Leak resigning for next season in the hooking position.
Must put this for the last 2 home games had poor ref decsions cost us games. Sheffield scored whats was the winning score on the seventh tackle. Today there players arm was clearly down with contact the ref a.llowed play to continue which they scored from. Before someone say should have tackled before scoring thats not the point. 2 decsions have cost us 3 more points. Yet it seems we lose games by inempt refs who are not ready for this level is beyond me we are in the middle of relagation dogfight with refs that are ma.king calls that could end up getting us relegated.
I agree the referee made an error with the try you are referring to in todays game but it did not cost Batley the game. The first 15 minutes cost Batley the game when all Batley did was give away silly penalties, made errors with the ball in hand and missed tackles which gave Featherstone a 10-0 lead.
After that Batley gave Featherstone a good game which included winning the second half playing up the slope and picking up a bonus point which is a good result.
I think a few of you may have mis understood my comment. I am not telling anyone what they should or shouldn't put, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I was just stating that if players read this forum and see what some people write it isn't hardy going to help our cause at this moment in time.
Anyways.. Back to winning ways today, confidence has been growing over the last few weeks. Long may that continue. Up the dogs!
Windogs I disagree with your statement "I was just stating that if players read this forum and see what some people write it isn't hardy going to help our cause at this moment in time". The majority of players know how well or badly they are playing without needing to read a forum.
In regards to todays game.The effort of the players against Swinton was excellent. There was more quality from the halfbacks and the team in general compared to the Sheffield game .Black is getting fitter every game whilst Leatherbarrow had his best game of the season. All 17 players put in a good shift today.
I agree that the team is starting to play with more confidence and there appears to be a good attitude from the players. Lets hope it continues with the Featherstone game. Up the dogs!
Based on the first five games Batley are not good enough to finish in the top 9.
Hopefully today's display will be a wake up call for the Coaching staff. Today's display was the worst of the season on a par with the Leigh display. The effort of the team was good but the defence and attack where poor along with too many handling errors.
If the club are looking to improve the Marketing of the club then they need to look at the brand of Rugby Batley are playing. The current brand of rugby is not going to improve the crowds at Batley.
The performance in last night's game was not a surprise and I agree with previous posts in regards to the lack of ideas in attack and the lack of movement with the ball. Batley played the strongest available side against an injury hit Leigh side and where not good enough. Batley will probably play Leigh again in the first week of the play offs and have enough quality in the squad to do well in the playoffs by making simple changes
Starting with the Featherstone game.The first change I would make is drop Moore.The Black/Moore halfback partnership is not working and Black is the better player of the two. I would bring back Hemmingway. If Hemmingway is not available I would give a Huddersfield player a go or move Black to scrum half and give Greg Johnson a go at halfback.
I would also tell the forwards to release the ball more in the tackle, the hookers to move the ball left and right and the team to move the ball away from the ruck area and use the pace in the backs.