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Match Preview: Whitehaven V Batley Bulldogs

Whitehaven will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat against relegation rivals Oldham as they welcome John Kear’s Batley side to the Recreation Ground on Saturday evening. 6.30pm KO.

Haven will have been wondering how they lost their last game especially after being the fast starting side and being 12-0 up after seven minutes. Tries from forwards Steven Fox and Ryan Duffy put the visitors ahead but then Oldham ran in 26 unanswered points to secure victory. Hopes were rekindled for Haven as Jessie Joe Parker crossed with five minutes to go but they couldn’t get more points on the board.

Batley secured victory for the third time against rivals Dewsbury in the Heavy Woolen Derby with a close two point victory. Batley were ten points down in as many minutes but fought back to lead at the break with tries through Alex Brown, Chris Ulugia and Alex Bretherton allowed the home side to lead at half time and while they didn’t score any more tries in the second half they only allowed one try in at the second half and didn’t allow the Rams too many opporutnities. The victory seen them grab 4th place ahead of Bradford. They lead the Bulls by a point with four rounds to go before the super 8’s.

Haven will be without experience second rower Dave Allen after he took an EGP after getting sent off against Featherstone for Foul and Abusive language towards a match official.

Predicion – Batley won two encounters by one point earlier in the season. Expect it to be tight again. Bulldogs by 4.

Squads

Haven’s 19 man squad – Taylor, Chamberlain, Calvert, Parker, Perez, Aiye, Coyle, Duffy, Newton, Carberry, Gore, Davies, Riley, Yates, Brocklebank, Ince, Fox, Holliday, T.Chapelhow.

Batley’s 19 man squad – Rettie, Ulugia, Southernwood, Brambani, Hirst, Rowe, Day, Walker, Davey, Gledhill, Chandler, Lillycrop, Bretherton, Leak, J.Brown, D.Scott, A.Brown, Mariano, Minkin.

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