Bradford Bulls


13th February 2018, 11:06


Head Coach John Kear has praised his side's efforts in Sunday's bruising encounter with Keighley Cougars - insisting "the best is yet to come" as he sets his sights on Sunday's trip to York.

The hosts emerged victorious in a fiery clash, prevailing as 28-20 victors to lift the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy in difficult conditions at the Provident Stadium.

Loanee Liam Johnson claimed a brace, with Alex Brown, Brandon Pickersgill and Elliot Minchella all crossing in a brutal contest that saw no fewer than four red cards awarded.

Kear, who is sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter in 2018, was pleased with how his players closed out an intense pre-season schedule with a win, and is targeting week by week improvement to secure promotion back to the Betfred Championship.

“It was a difficult game played in difficult conditions but we got the win which is a big positive,” said Kear, who is sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter.

“Keighley are a tough side to play against and they made it hard for us out there.

“The players got some good minutes under their belts and getting experience in a game like that will prove beneficial throughout this year.

“It was a heavy pitch which slowed our game down but we emerged with 28 points which bodes well for us.

“Seeing Joe (Keyes) back out there completing 80 minutes was fantastic, he kicked well, defended well and getting players fit and firing like that will help us no end.

“There are positives and negatives to take, but it is important we build on those positives and learn from the negatives ahead of what will be a challenging trip to York on Sunday.”