The trend of tight competitive fixtures between these two sides in 2016 continued when they met on Saturday evening up in West Cumbria. The sides were level at the break but two tries from Batley in the opening 20 minutes of the second half secured victory for the Bulldogs which sees them get closer to the qualifiers and battle for a place in Super League in 2017.
It was the home side who took the lead in the 11th minute through half back Grant Gore who found the gap after developing an overlap on the left hand side. John Paul Brocklebank missed the conversion.
Batley’s try came after Haven gave away a penalty for lying on which seen prop Ted Chapelhow sin binned. James Brown forced his way over from dummy half which the home defence will have been dissapointed in giving away. Pat Walker couldn’t convert which seen the half time score of 4-4.
The Bulldogs were out extremely early for the second half with the words of John Kear ringing in their ears and whatever Kear said worked. The visitors dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and scored two tries in the process. Wayne Rettie and Adam Gledhill scored with Pat Walker converted both tries to have a 12 point gap.
Haven hit back shortly after Gledhill’s try as experienced winger Craig Calvert crossed in the corner, Brocklebank couldn’t hit the target with his conversion as the gap was reduced to 8. The comeback never looked in real danger to threaten Batley and despite Walker missing a attempt at goal from a penalty it didn’t make any difference as Batley secured the victory.
Brown, Rettie, Gledhill
Prediction – Bulldogs by 4
Result – Bulldogs by 8.