Dewsbury Rams 19
Tries: Hale (13), Aaron Brown (35), Grant (68)
Goals: Seymour 3/4
Field Goal: Thackeray
Batley Bulldogs 12
Tries: Day (20), Alex Brown (43)
Goals: Leatherbarrow 2/3
Dewsbury Rams kept their top four hopes alive with a hard fought derby victory over Batley Bulldogs in the opening game of the second day at the Summer Bash.
The victory took the Rams into fourth spot with Featherstone yet to play as coach Glenn Morrison described the win as ‘ugly’.
Batley lacked leadership in the halves as they spent a lot of time in their opponents half with no real direction, with John Kear calling his side ‘one dimensional’ in his post-match interview.
It was all Batley in the opening exchanges however Dewsbury opened the scoring against the run of play 13 minutes in. They forced a repeat set when they pushed James Craven back over his own try line and from the resulting set Anthony Thackeray put Scott Hale through a hole, with the second rower touching down. Brett Seymour added the extras for a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs hit back seven minutes later though when Brad Day made a barnstorming break from 40 metres out to round the fullback and finish a great solo effort, as Scott Leatherbarrow’s conversion levelled the scores.
Aaron Brown put the Rams back ahead with only five minutes left in the first period, as a second phase play brought about by Karl Price saw the loose forward power through a gaping hole in the Batley defence and score. Seymour added a second goal to make it 12-6 at the break.
Three minutes into the second half Alex Brown was over for Batley as Alistair Leak chipped a kick to the corner for the wing man, and he strolled over after Jason Crookes’ poor attempt to shove him out of play. Leatherbarrow couldn’t convert from the touchline as his side trailed 12-10.
The Bulldogs were throwing everything they could at the Dewsbury line but couldn’t find a way through, however they did level the scores through Leatherbarrow as he was given the chance to kick a penalty goal after 62 minutes.
Four minutes later the Rams had the opportunity to reinstate their two point advantage with a penalty of their own but Seymour’s attempt struck the post. They managed to regain possession of the loose ball and went one better by going six in front when Dalton Grant came up with a spectacular finish in the corner, with Seymour making no mistake with the touchline conversion.
Matty Fozzard and Day both found a way over in the same set but were held up as Batley kept plugging away at the Rams’ defensive line.
Thackeray added a field goal at the second attempt with two minutes left to seal the victory and put the game beyond the Bulldogs’ reach, as Dewsbury clinched the bragging rights for the second time this season with a 19-12 victory.
Nothing But RL Man of the Match: Ryan Fieldhouse was solid at the back and caused problems in attack with his weaving runs and kick returns.
1. Ryan Fieldhouse, 15. Jason Crookes, 3. Karl Price, 19. Callum Beckett, 18. Dalton Grant, 44. Brett Seymour, 7. Anthony Thackeray, 10. Ryan Hepworth, 6. Matty Wildie, 33. Paul Jackson, 11. Rob Spicer, 12. Scott Hale, 34. Luke Adamson Subs: 17. Matthew Haggarty, 25. Joel Farrell, 32. Makali Aizue, 13. Aaron Brown
1. James Craven, 2. Wayne Reittie, 3. Shaun Ainscough, 11. Alex Bretherton, 28. Alex Brown, 14. Alistair Leak, 7. Scott Leatherbarrow, 15. Adam Gledhill, 13. Luke Blake, 10. Alex Rowe, 19. Lee Mitchell, 23. Brad Day, 21. James Brown Subs: 8. Keegan Hirst, 26. Matt Fozzard, 18. Tom Lillycrop, 17. Joe Chandler