A points-fest in the first Heavy Woollen derby of the Kingstone Press Championship season! Batley moved level with Leigh Centurions at the top of the table with a great win over their neighbours. It was the visitors who started off the better of the two sides, as they went 20-0 up courtesy of Alistair Leak and Wayne Reittie doubles. Luke Adamson and Josh Guzdek both hit back with tries for the Rams, who were looking to find a way back into the match. At 20-12 down, Dewsbury were still in a decent position to strike but, a penalty goal from Pat Walker as well as an Alex Brown try before half-time, meant the hosts were three scores down at the interval. The first try of the second half was always going to be pivotal and it went the way of Batley’s Shaun Ainscough. Walker was successful with the conversion, as he was with a penalty a short while later. Shane Grady replied for the Rams with a four pointer of his own but things soon turned sour for the centre as he was sent to the sin-bin after the hosts were put on a team warning. However, in his absence, Dewsbury did get more points on the board thanks to Dale Morton. The conversion was no good so the Rams were still 16 points down at 36-20. In the final quarter, Sykes and Andy Kain both crossed the whitewash for Dewsbury and there was suddenly only one score between the teams. Good teams grind out victories and that’s what Batley did on Friday night. Brad Day put a bit more daylight between the sides with a try and then, a few minutes later, his side had a numerical advantage once again as Jason Crookes was sent to the sin-bin. A penalty goal in the dying embers was the final scoring act on a successful evening for the Bulldogs.
Prediction – Batley by 12
Result – Batley by 14