Shaun Squires scored four tries on his competitive debut as Batley Bulldogs recorded a convincing 30-6 victory over Workington Town in their opening Kingstone Press Championship fixture.
It was a terrific display of finishing by the former Shaw Cross Sharks amateur, with three of his tries coming from kicks by impressive half-backs Cain Southernwood and Scott Leatherbarrow.
Workington struck first when Brett Phillips was sent racing to the line by Jack Murphy, with Carl Forber converting. Batley then clicked into gear, playing up the Mount Pleasant slope.
Squires leapt to gather Leatherbarrow’s kick to the left and had the strength to beat a defender on a run to the line. Leatherbarrow converted.
Squires stormed up the left touchline for his second and completed a 13-minute hat-trick following a lovely Southernwood kick.
Batley had to withstand a spell of Workington pressure at the start of the second half before regaining control.
Two Leatherbarrow penalties extended Batley’s lead to 18-6 going into the final quarter.
Squires was on hand to gather another cracking Southernwood kick and Leatherbarrow converted from the touchline.
Batley then rounded off an excellent display with a fifth try three minutes from full-time when James Craven sent Alex Bretherton racing over near the posts and Leatherbarrow landed his fifth goal.
Batley Bulldogs: Craven; Reittie, Ainscough, Squires, Campbell; Southernwood, Leatherbarrow; Rowe, Leak, Lillycrop, Scott, Bretherton, Chandler. Subs (all used): Nicholson, Blake, Gledhill, Brown.
Workington Town: Murphy; Manfredi, J Mossop, Whiteley, Carter; Forber, C Phillips; L Mossop, Mattinson, Shackley, B Phillips, Horton, Stack. Subs (all used): Olstrum, Greenwood, Scholey, Lucock.
Referee: George Stokes.