9th August 2018, 10:21
JUDGEMENT DAY LOOMS FOR BULLS IN TOP FOUR PURSUIT
Bradford Bulls Women will host Castleford on Sunday, knowing a defeat will end their hopes of making the Super League top four.
The Bulls sit six points behind 4th place Castleford in the Super League table, meaning a loss on Sunday would make it mathematically impossible to break into the top four with three games remaining.
However, a win would bring the Bulls right back into contention, narrowing the deficit to four points, with a trip to rock bottom York City Knights the following weekend, serving as an opportunity to reduce the gap further.
Head Coach Mark Prescott said: “While it’s possible, the top four has to be our target. It’s going to be a tall ask as we need to win every game, but it has to be our target.
Bradford lifted the Challenge Shield last weekend as part of a double-header which saw Castleford suffer a painful defeat to Leeds in the Challenge Cup final, a match which the Tigers had lead the majority of.
Prescott therefore is keen to see if that tough loss will mentally affect Castleford when they visit Odsal on Sunday.
“It could go one of two ways and it’s very difficult to tell. They are a very young side, perhaps they can brush it off and use it as a springboard to a good performance.
“Or maybe it goes the other way and they’re so disappointed and fatigued after that match that they don’t perform.
“While they are very well drilled, they don’t appear to have the experience some of our girls have got, we need to be a little clever and use our experience advantage.
“Either way we will prepare for a very good Castleford side to turn up and we will do our best to beat what is put in front of us on Sunday.”
Paige Costello joined Bradford from the Tigers in June and is confident of securing a victory over her former club.
“Castleford are an athletic and talented side but, we have great cohesion as a team and with our physicality, I’m sure we can power through and get the win.
“There are no mixed emotions for me, individuals transfer clubs all the time. My only focus is the Bulls and the positive input I have on the team and my own individual performance.”