Another win on home turf for Batley Bulldogs as they kept up their charge for a place in the top four. Only three tries were scored in the first half of the match and it was Halifax who broke the deadlock after just a couple of minutes. Steve Tyrer was the beneficiary of a Gareth Moore kick to the corner and the centre touched down before converting the score for an early 6-0 lead. Two tries in six minutes then put the Bulldogs in front heading into the break. Wayne Reittie poached a chipped kick from Dominic Brambani as the former Fax winger got on the scoresheet. Pat Walker couldn’t convert but he did make up for the miss by adding the extras to Shaun Ainscough’s 33rd minute try which put the Bulldogs in front. Batley were 10-6 up at the interval.
Debutant Matt Sarsfield got on the scoresheet for Halifax with the second half only three minutes old. The Salford Red Devils loanee profited from a big break by Richard Moore. Tyrer converted to give Fax a two point advantage. However, another six minute spell brought with it two more Batley tries as they went ahead by eight points. Reittie recorded his second try of the game before Pat Walker sneaked over from dummy-half. He could only convert one out of two tries. Ben Heaton cut the deficit by four points as the centre crossed the whitewash with 13 minutes remaining. Tyrer missed the conversion. Dave Scott and James Brown both scored four pointers for the hosts in the dying embers which ended the game as a contest. A big victory for the Bulldogs!
Prediction – Batley by 10
Result – Batley by 16