Written by: Tom Benthall
Ben Jones-Bishop has praised the Wildcats’ team spirit ahead of Friday night’s clash with Widnes Vikings.
The 27-year-old, who started the season at full-back but has featured mainly on the wing since Chris Chester’s arrival, also spoke of his enjoyment at playing in a back three alongside talented youngsters Max Jowitt and Tom Johnstone.
“There’s a great team spirit, the boys are really working hard for one another and in the recent run of games we’ve seen the rewards of that,” he stated.
“The camp’s very positive, spirits are high and although he result wasn’t the best in the last outing, we’re looking forward to kicking on and improving on that for this week.
“Max and Tom are obviously very young and very talented, and me being sort of the older head of the back three has been really exciting. I’m just trying to help them out and it’s good to see them step up, it looks like they’ve been playing in the team for years and it’s really good to be a part of that.”
Having suffered their first defeat in five against Hull in front a sell-out crowd at the weekend, Jones-Bishop acknowledged the importance of the fans at Belle Vue, as well recognizing the threat that Friday’s opponents will pose.
“The crowd was great, it sounded like the biggest crowd of the year for us at home so it was great to have those fans there and hopefully that can keep coming for weeks to come.
“Widnes are a very attacking team, they throw the ball about and it’s a tough place to go to and get a result so we’re definitely expecting a tough game. Coming off the back of that defeat at home we’re looking to bounce back and put a few things right to get the two points.
“The artificial pitch at Widnes means the speed of the game is faster, but we like to move the ball about, so although it benefits them it’s also a great benefit to us. We’ve picked points up at home recently and I think if we can take the same mentality and workmanship through into away games it’ll hold us in good stead to come away with more points.”