The Batley Bulldogs overcame Whitehaven in Cumbria on saturday evening to widen the gap between fourth and fifth spot in the Championships to 3 points with 3 games left in the regular season.
In a first half devoid of action Whitehaven went 4-0 up after a try from Gore. Batley hit back however through James Brown after Whitehaven’s Tad Chapelhow had been sin binned, to go in all even at half time.
In the second half Batley went into the lead courtesy of tries by Wayne Reittie and Adam Gledhill, both of which were converted. But instead of hammering home the advantage, they let Whitehaven back into the game as Calvert crossed for the Cumbrians.
By all praise for a job being done, the Bulldogs failed to dominate the Cumbrians and build up their points difference. With competition for the two remaining spots in the top four being so tight, it could come down to points difference at the end of the day, which could mean that Batley will lose out, their points difference being far inferior to that of the other three teams in the chase. Hopefully this will not come back to bite them.
Archive pic © Richard Land, used with kind permission of the photographer.
Whitehaven RLFC – Batley Bulldogs
8 - 16
20. Match Day
2. July 2016, 18:30
The Recreation Ground
Tries: Gore, Calvert
Misc: Yellow Card Chapelhow
Tries: James Brown, Reittie, Gledhill
Goals: Brambani 2
Referee J. Bloem
The Remaining Fixtures