West Wales Raiders head coach and CEO respond to 100-4 defeat

Ashley Bateman West Wales Raiders SWpix
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West Wales Raiders head coach Ashley Bateman has responded to his side’s 100-4 defeat to Oldham in the League 1 competition.

The Welsh side have now conceded 234 points in their opening three League 1 fixtures so far this season. They are yet to claim their first win of the year.

They failed to pick up a victory in 2021, with a record of 18 defeats and one draw.

Former player Bateman was appointed head coach ahead of the new campaign. He was in charge on a temporary basis since the previous coaching team left before they even kicked a ball in 2022.

Bateman made almost 150 appearances during his career as a player. He made a solitary Super League appearance in 2009 for Crusaders.

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West Wales Raiders coach responds to defeat

Bateman said: “As the head coach I’m devastated with that result. It’s not what we have been training towards and I take this loss personally.

“It all ends with me and we will be working towards making this team a success.

“We have a good group of boys who are learning. I have only had this group as a whole for five weeks at most, so we are learning and we will work hard to turn it around.”

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CEO Petter Tiffin added: “Yesterday was a difficult one to take. Myself and Andrew are fully behind Ash and his team and what he is trying to achieve.

“But it’s going to take time. It’s a totally different process to previous Raiders coaches and I think it will be a massive positive step up for the club.

“There were glimpses of how Ash wants his squad to play last weekend at home against Rochdale.

“We have a week off this week and we are working hard to grow the squad even further as we have seen a lot of injuries and suspensions has dented the squad already.

“I know we have had a few years in the professional leagues and some may be thinking the club is going backwards in results but please be patient as an arrow needs to be pulled back before it can go forward.”

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.


      • I agree it’s easy for people to jump on the bandwagon after such a heavy defeat. What I can say despite not knowing the boys is that there is no hiding place in a Rugby League team so they would have put in a shift putting their bodies on the line. Stay positive lads.

      • How about this,the RFL doesnt allow any more teams with no money into the professional ranks?.West Wales bring NOTHING to the table.A joke.

  1. I think what is interesting watching Crusaders at Colwyn Bay. And are playing some real good stuff are pretty much Widnes saints Wigan wire players. And it works. Llanelli is long way off and not the lifestyle Cornwall can offer. Shame they got stuck in last year

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