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Les Tonks Sidestep

Member Since 05 Sep 2003
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 10:34 PM

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In Topic: RFL Investigate Leeds transfer deals.

Yesterday, 10:31 PM

Precedent set by Warrington/Swinton and the RFL are big on precedence (see Batley v the RFL 2014)

In Topic: Eddie Davis

20 March 2015 - 02:08 PM

I'm pretty sure that you're correct that John Atkinson was in the Police force as was Brian Noble.

In Topic: Leigh sunday

17 March 2015 - 09:25 AM

Bradford nearly lost at Batley, Fev got stuffed at home to the Bulls.....get over it.  :tongue:


.......and Halifax beat Batley and Fev beat Halifax! So what does that prove?


As I've said no one's going to finish 3rd or 4th by losing narrowly to either Bradford or Leigh, it's going to depend on which of the contenders for those spots picks up the most points from each other and at the moment Batley aren't doing too well on that score.

In Topic: Leigh sunday

16 March 2015 - 08:03 PM

Batley aren't full time and neither are Whitehaven. Check their results from yesterday and especially Batley's performance.


But, Batley didn't win and they got the same number of league points as did Fev from their fixture with Bradford. Pushing the top teams (ie Bradford and Leigh) close gets you nothing. To finish in the top 4 (realistically 3rd or 4th) you need to be beating the other contenders. So far Batley have played 2 of the other likely contenders for those positions, namely Sheffield and Halifax, and lost both. Games like yesterday's are Kear's forte, but it's the bread and butter stuff that will really count for 3rd and 4th.

In Topic: 15 Mar: Kingstone Press Championship Round 5 - Match Thread

16 March 2015 - 01:01 PM

Batley  were in front because they knew how to play on a sloping tiny pitch and they gave it everything they had. They made sure they gave Lee Gaskell plenty of hard tackles without being dirty.


They lost because they ran out of steam in the last five minutes. As part-timers that is more than forgiveable, it is to be expected.


Their tactics won't be as effective on a bigger pitch, but they will be a real handful on their own ground. I think that they will finish above Fev and London's results are not looking good. They could feasibly finish third.


I don't think any team is of a standard to get promoted, but there will be some close games to watch along the way. The atmosphere in the ground yesterday was really good. Well done, Batley.


We'll see. Games like yesterday's are Kear's forte, but it's the bread and butter stuff that's going to count. To finish 3rd/4th you really have to be beating the other contenders, especially at home, and so far Batley have lost to both Sheffield (A) and Halifax (H). FWIW unless Fev discover some attacking plays soon and get a settled side, they'll struggle to make the top 6 never mind top 4, but I honestly think both Sheffield and Fax have a much greater chance of making it than Batley.