Batley Bulldogs took their chance to move back into the Top Four in the table after rivals Featherstone and Bradford were both beaten, but made hard work of overcoming the Rams from Dewsbury on an emotional day at Mount Pleasant, as both towns paid tribute to the late Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen who was murdered last week.
Batley got off to their usual slow start and after ten minutes the Rams from Dewsbury were leading by 10-0 virtue of tries from Crookes and Kain. After Mariano had a try turned down for offside, Batley hit back with tries from Alex Brown and Chris Ulugia, both excellently converted by Dom Brambani to put Batley into the lead for the first time. Bretherton extended the lead with a try, which Pat Walker couldn’t convert to go in at half time leading by 16-10.
The second half started as the first did with a mistake from the kick off with Alex Brown knocking on. From the ensuing scrum Dewsbury went over to make it 16-14. Sykes levelled the scores 16-16 with a penalty goal, before the Bulldogs got the lead back through another penalty, successfully kicked by Walker.
Wayne Reittie was sin-binned in the 68th minute for a professional foul, leaving the Dogs with a lot to do with Dewsbury storming down the slope.
The excellent Batley defence held out however and the Dogs were victorious by the narrowiest of margins.
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Batley Bulldogs – Dewsbury Rams
18 - 16
19. Match Day
26. June 2016, 15:00
Foxes Biscuits Stadium
Tries: A. Brown, Ulugia, Bretherton
Goals: Brambani 2, Walker
Misc: Sin bin Reittie (professional foul) 68 min
Tries: Crookes, Kain, Guzdek
Goals: Sykes 2
Results and Table
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