Batley lost the clash against Bradford Bulls at Odsal by virtue of a late drop goal from Kurt Haggerty, which sent the Bulls fans into raptures of joy for the first time in the match.
As usual when Batley play, it was the opposition that took the initiative to lead 8-0 with two tries from James Clare, but the Bulldogs soon hit back with tries from Cain Southernwood and Chris Ulugia to lead 10-8 at half time.
Batley went further into the lead after a successful penalty kick from Pat Walker. However the Bulls hit back with a converted try from Jay Pitts before Cain Southernwood touched down for his second to level the scores at 16-16.
Despite the dissapointing result, the Bulldogs can take great heart from this performance, a place in the top 4 in still very much a possibility with all their rivals having difficult tasks ahead of them before the league splits.
John Kear, however, was seething after the game after some very controversial decisions by referee Joe Cobb.
Scorers Bradford Bulls
Tries: Clare 2, Pitts
Goals: Haggerty 2
Drop Goals: Haggerty
Scorers Batley Bulldogs
Tries: Southernwood 2, Ulugia
Goals: Walker 2
The Run In
Four teams vie for the last two remaining spots in the Top 4. And all teams have difficult tasks ahead of them. Both Halifax and Bradford might seem to have the most difficult run in, as they face each other this weekend, and both still have to travel to Leigh. The Bulldogs face London and Featherstone at home, but also have the difficult Heavy Woollen Derby against Dewsbury on Sunday. And Featherstone face all three rivals for the top 4 spot in their run in, two of the three games being away from home. So it is all not settled by any means.
What are your tips for the top 4 placings?
Who will join Leigh and London in the top four? Or, does the league hold more surprises in store if London collapse?
My Prediction: Unless Batley drop points unexpectedly in games that should be won, a top four spot is a real possibility. I would tip Bradford to join us.
Halifax has by far the most difficult run in, Featherstone have two easy matches, the rest is however against direct rivals. They are not, however, out of the reckoning.