However, Liam Hood looks set to remain sidelined for another fortnight.
Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “John Kear has taken Batley to another level, and they’re certainly one of the top four sides in the competition.
“However, we’ve got to go there and keep trying to improve ourselves.
“We’re certainly in a better position and state of mind than we were last year.
“What’s been pleasing is the fact that so far players that were with us last year and showed raw potential are starting to realise that potential and be a little bit more consistent.”