Bulldog Brown the late, late home hero

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Batley and Halifax drew at Mount Pleasant for the third consecutive time in a dramatic encounter between two of the Championship’s in-form sides.

Alex Brown’s try on the hooter put the hosts level at the death, however Scott Leatherbarrow couldn’t convert, leaving both sides with two points.

However, it was Fax who felt aggrieved at the end of the game having earned a 22-8 lead and looking comfortable before collapsing again, a trait they have shown on more than one occasion during this year’s campaign.

Batley took the lead early on when Brown scored the first of his two tries with a fine individual effort, outpacing and out powering three men to race home from 50 yards.

It took Halifax until the half hour mark to equalise when substitute Keith Holden scampered over from dummy-half before Scott Leatherbarrow’s penalty gave the Bulldogs a slender two point lead at the break.

That advantage was obliterated straight after the interval as Fax scored three tries in thirteen minutes to give themselves a stranglehold of the contest. Luke Ambler, Tommy Saxton and Ryan Fieldhouse all scored soon after one another to give the visitors a comfortable 22-8 lead.

However they let their dominance slip as Batley responded magnificently.

Charlie Martin scored from Ben Black’s pass before the former Halifax scrum-half turned from provider to scorer as he dived over after a flowing Batley move sixteen minutes from time.

That left Batley just four points behind, and they levelled with the last play of the game when Brown raced home from Leatherbarrow’s clever kick, however Leatherbarrow agonisingly missed the conversion.

Batley: Paterson, Reittie, Faal, Chandler, Brown, Black, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Blake, Gledhill, Davies, Scott, Applegarth. Subs: Martin, Rowe, Nicholson, Hirst

Halifax: Fieldhouse, Fox, Robinson, Tyrer, Saxton, Murrell, Mennell, Tonks, Kaye, Ambler, Adamson, Divorty, Bracek. Subs: Johnston, Holden, Brooks, Spencer.

Referee: Warren Turley (RFL).

Attendance: 1,155.

Batley's coach Matt Diskin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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