BRANDON Pickersgill says Bulls have plenty of work to do to get their promotion bid back on track after admitting they had "chucked the game away" in their defeat to Workington.

The full back accepts his side might have to settle for a League One play-off spot after title rivals York gained a two-point lead with just four games to go.

Speaking to the T&A, he said: "We can still go up but we can't serve up what we did on Sunday in our next home game.

"Hopefully York will lose to Workington a week on Sunday but looking at it, they'll probably win the rest of their fixtures, so it's up to us to have a good run of form going into the play-offs.

"We'll regroup, talk about this game, get it scrapped, and see what we can do to go forward again."

Pickersgill was honest about what went wrong during the 24-18 defeat to Leon Pryce's side, saying: "It's very disappointing. They were on top of us from the start but we got back into the game a bit and I think we chucked it away.

"We had it in our hands and it was one we could and should have won. There's a lot to fix up going into the Keighley Cougars game (on September 2)."

The atmosphere at Odsal became increasingly heated on and off the pitch against Workington as the visitors' plan to disrupt the Bulls' rhythm paid dividends.

Pickersgill said: "They're a big set and we knew their gameplan would be to come down and ruffle us up.

"The fans got on the back of that and it was good to have some atmosphere, it gave us a boost. Every incident you could hear them going mental and complaining and the referee had a lot to do with that."

One such controversy saw referee John McMullen fail to send Workington winger Tylar Mellor to the sin-bin late on for what many felt was a professional foul on Pickersgill.

Giving his thoughts on the incident, the Bulls youngster said: "The referee didn't think it was and I didn't want to argue but we'll obviously watch it back and see if it was a professional foul.

"I felt he (Mellor) was holding me down and stopping me from playing the ball but I don't blame the referee. He didn't lose us the game, we lost it ourselves."