Workington 22 Batley Bulldogs 16: Batley undone as Lupton inspires Workington

Batley's Miles Greenwood.
Batley's Miles Greenwood.
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BATLEY Bulldogs recent resurgence spluttered to a halt at Derwent Park against another team on the move.

Although still in the bottom five Town’s third win in a row has given them a great chance of forcing themselves away from the relegation zone.

The hosts took the lead after 17 minutes when Peter Lupton was able to squeeze through from short range for the opening try which Carl Forber converted and eight minutes later Karl Olstrum finished-off smartly from close-in, with Forber adding the extras.

Batley got back into it on 31 minutes when Scott Leatherbarrow’s kick on last tackle struck a Workington post and in the scramble that followed Sam Scott was credited with the touchdown. Leatherbarrow converted.

Then right on the hooter Miles Greenwood slipped through the Workington defence to dot down by the post for Leatherbarrow to convert.

Workington made a blistering start to the second half with Lupton scoring his second, converted by Forber and extended their advantage when they moved the ball smartly along the line from right to left where Jason Mossop surged for the line and from his dive snaked out a long arm to get the touchdown.

Batley had a try disallowed for a forward pass on last tackle, but they did get over after 78 minutes. Ayden Faal made a long run and after he was stopped Ben Black slipped over for the try. Leatherbarrow’s hurried conversion was flagged wide.

Town: Murphy, Manfredi, Mossop, Hulme, Carter, Lupton, Forber, Coward, Mattinson, McAvoy, B. Phillips, Stack, Farrell. Subs: Olstrum, Szostak, Rowlandson, C. Phillips.

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

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow (RFL).

attendance: 806.

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