Sheffield 28 Batley 16

Batley came back down to earth with a thump for the second week in a row after suffering defeat at the Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium against rivals Sheffield. The match was much closer matched as the scoreline might suggest, but for the second week in a row, Batley failed to take their chances and came second best again.

Not for the first time has Batley impressed but ultimately lost the game due to missed chances. If we are to make an impression in the Championships these (Sheffield and Halifax) are the games that we really should be winning. Leigh and Bradford seem to be aloof from the rest of the division, and once London get into their stride, they will also be difficult to beat. This means that there are three to four teams competing for fourth spot – I would add Featherstone to this list despite their relatively poor start to the season, and certainly the Rams could be in with a shout too.

Therefore to impress against Halifax and Sheffield, but to lose both by the narrowest of margins (even if the score didn’t reflect that fact against Sheffield) in games that absolutely need to be won, is frustrating to say the least, and questions have to be asked why we are seemingly always on the wrong side of these encounters. This seems to me to be one problem that John Kear really needs to sort out if Batley are to take the next step forward.

In spite of all the euphoria surrounding the club with the claim #daretodream and exciting new developments on the marketing and social media front, the Bulldogs still have to realize that it is a long path on which they have embarked, and it will undoubtedly be a long and grueling season. With the match against Bradford looming on the horizon, there is certainly a lot to do if we want to keep in touch with the top four in the division.

Pic used with kind permission of and © Russell Sheppard.

Match Statistics:

C. Kendall

Attendance: 1358

Try: Menzie (2), Worrincy, Laulau-Togagae, Brambani
Goal: Walker (4)

Tries: Reittie, Leak, Scott
Goal: Leatherbarrow

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