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Kingstone Press Championship Round 21 – Halifax 25-22 Batley Bulldogs

The fourth placed side in the Kingstone Press Championship were given a shock by fellow West Yorkshire side Batley Bulldogs, who scored three tries in the final ten minutes of play. It took 30 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, and it was Halifax’s Ben Johnston who made light work of some drab defence by the visitors. Adam Robinson made sure Halifax had a more comfy lead going into the break when he scored in front of the sticks with not many minutes left in the half. Batley needed the first score after the restart and they got just that when Brad Day muscled his way over the try-line. However, James Saltonstall responded well for Fax and the former Warrington junior put two scores between the sides once more. Johnston recorded his brace during the final quarter before the Batley fightback ensued with a try from Wayne Reittie. Keegan Hirst scored a rather uncharacteristic try out of dummy half to make it a one score game but Halifax’s chief playmaker Scott Murrell slotted over a drop-goal which proved to be a good decision when Reittie touched down with a minute remaining. However, Scott Leatherbarrow couldn’t convert but Batley will have left The Shay in a rather positive mood after their mini-revival against an in-form Halifax outfit.

Prediction – Halifax by 16

Result – Halifax by 3

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