Batley came down to earth with a thump last sunday as they were well beaten at home for the first time this season by the Swinton Lions.
The Lions came to the Foxes Biscuits Stadum with the confidence of three wins in a row, including a victory at Halifax, which should have been sufficient warning for the Bulldogs. However after a quarter of an hour Swinton had scored three tries uphill against a Batley outfit that didn’t seem to have arrived on the field, while Battler could only look on in dismay.
Batley’s opening try, when it came, was an effort by Gledhill, who reached out with one hand to put the ball down under the posts. The Dogs went in at half time 6-18 down, and one had the feeling that they had to score first in the second half to have any chance of turning the game around. However it was Swinton who scored first to put them further ahead.
Batley struck back with tries from Gledhill and Scott, but after a shocking handling error Marshall kicked forward on the free play and outpaced Squires to score in the corner. The Bulldogs though hit back again with another Scott try and at 24 -28 it looked like the Dogs were in ascendency at last, before Austin broke through the line to send Fell over for the winning try.
All in all it was a dissappointing day for the Bulldogs who were their own worst enemy. Inexplicable defensive lapses ultimately cost them the game. Swinton had come to Mount Pleasant with a plan, which they executed perfectly, but at times the Dogs looked clueless. Swinton on the other hand looked sharp and it is no surprise that they have now won four on the trot and are currently the form team in the Championships.
Batley Bulldogs – Swinton Lions
24 - 32
11. Match Day
24. April 2016, 15:00
Foxes Biscuits Stadium
Tries: Gledhill (2), Scott (2)
Goals: Walker (4)
Goals: Robinson, Marshall (2), White, Halafihi, Fell
Drop Goals: Atkin (4)