Kear commends Ainscough and co following Haven victory

John Kear praised Shaun Ainscough and his Batley team mates after recovering from a turbulent week to thrash Whitehaven 50-0.

The Bulldogs had gone viral across the globe after Ainscough scuffed a kick aimed at touch with his side beating Featherstone and the hooter already sounded.

It allowed Featherstone winger Will Sharp to score and snatch victory for Rovers, keeping Batley in relegation trouble as a result.

However, their annihilation of Whitehaven leapfrogged them above the Cumbrians with two games to play.

“He’s been very good in training and performance wise,” said Batley head coach John Kear.

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John Kear was delighted with his side’s performance

“But the big thing is the support demonstrated by the rest of the players. I think Shaun has appreciated that.

“We were obviously very disappointed after what happened last week and that brain explosion he had, and Shaun will admit it was a brain explosion, but obviously you’ve got to get over that and I feel we have done that today and the scoreboard indicates that.”

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