Mark Moxon hoping to put ‘strongest team’ out against Bradford Bulls after ‘lowest point’ of season

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Batley Bulldogs will be looking for a helpful, strong hand from Super League’s Castleford Tigers ahead of their Championship clash with Bradford Bulls.

The Bulldogs suffered a heavy 26-0 defeat at newly-promoted Doncaster last weekend, a result which leaves them languishing in 12th place with two wins from eight games, and only above Halifax Panthers on points difference and bottom of the table Dewsbury Rams who have only won once.

Asked if the Doncaster loss was the lowest point of the season so far, Batley’s head coach, Mark Moxon, told the Reporter Series:

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“I think so. We were never in the game. In most of the other games we have been competitive. We were never in it at Doncaster. That is just the way the game went. They got their noses in front and took their chances with some quality plays.

Batley Bulldogs head coach Mark Moxon.Batley Bulldogs head coach Mark Moxon.
Batley Bulldogs head coach Mark Moxon.

“They have got some quality individuals and have invested heavily in the squad. We just couldn’t claw back. We got outplayed. Doncaster were the better team throughout and they controlled the game from start to finish.

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“We didn’t take any chances we had in good ball, we didn’t execute well enough and they executed really well when they got their chances.”

Moxon will now be looking for a response from his side when they entertain Bradford Bulls at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday, May 26 (kick off 3pm), who beat high-flying Sheffield Eagles in their previous outing.

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However, he is hoping to call on some added strength from the Tigers.

He revealed: “We are hoping to get some strength from Cas this week with the dual reg situation. They pulled their players back last week to play in the reserves.

“They have got a big game against Hull this week so I am hoping to fetch some in this week just to strengthen us.

“We’re playing against teams that have invested heavily, like Doncaster, whose budgets are more than twice of what ours is. We are coming up against quality teams and quality individuals.

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“We need to put the strongest team out there that we can because they are all good teams. There isn’t a bad team in the league. Every week is tough but all we can do is keep working hard and dust ourselves off and go again.”

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