Batley kept up their hopes of a top four spot with a fine win over rivals Halifax. In a finely balanced match which could have gone either way, Batley were able to extend their advantage only in the last ten minutes with late tries from Dave Scott and James Brown.
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It was Halifax who opened the scoring after 3 minutes when Tyrer crossed the line to give Halifax an early 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs however hit back with tries from Wayne Reittie and Shaun Ainscough to lead 10-6 at half time.
In the second half it was again Halifax who opened the scoring through Sarsfield, but Batley intensified the pressure to score two more tries by Pat Walker and Wayne Reittie to lead 20-12. Halifax however hit back again with a try from Heaton and at 20-16 it looked like we were in for a thrilling end to the match before tries from Dave Scott and James Brown put the match to bed.
On the negative side, there could be trouble brewing up for the Dogs after Wayne Reittie was put on report for what looked like a late challenge with the shoulder. But all in all it was a positive showing from the Dogs who kept up their chances of a successfull season
Batley Bulldogs – Halifax RLFC
32 - 16
13. Match Day
15. May 2016, 15:00
Foxes Biscuits Stadium
Tries: Reittie (2), Ainscough, Walker, Scott, James Brown
Goals: Walker (4)
Misc: Possible late tackle/shoulder charge from Reittie put on report
Tries: Tyrer, Sarfield, Heaton
Goals: Tyrer (2)
Halifax assistant coach Chris Rose speaks about the game. Obviously he is not as pleased as the Bulldogs camp are, and he bemoans that his team were not up to it today like they were last week against widnes
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