Match report: Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams

Inspired by scintillating half backs Gareth Moore and Paul Mennell, Batley Bulldogs staged a thrilling second half spurt to sweep local rivals Dewsbury aside and claim victory, local bragging rights and the Roy Powell Trophy.

The teams were pretty evenly matched in the first half before quick thinking Moore engineered enough space to send a chip over the line which full back Ian Preece collected to score between the sticks.

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But Rams hit back thanks to boom prop Anthony England and non-stop hooker Josh Tonks drafted in when regular no.9 Luke Blake was injured in the warm up.

The duo's runs gained impressive ground before Dominic Brambani sent an

inch perfect kick to the corner for wing Austin Buchanan to collect, swivel in the tackle and score. Pat Walker landed the touchline goal to level.

Batley inched ahead when sub Mennell, having rejoined after a spell in Australia, sent a long pass to Moore who sidestepped through the line and raced away to score.

He landed the goal and a 33 metre penalty moments later to bring up the 14-6 interval scoreline.

Enthusiastic Dewsbury seemed determined to make amends early in the second half, but repeatedly lost possession and Batley made them pay, with Mark Toohey on hand to take a slick reverse pass from Mennell and burrow his way through several defenders to score.

Moore landed the goal and then produced a great chip ahead for Daley

Williams to collect and score another converted try.

Ash Lindsay triggered another late surge into the Rams half with a meandering run before releasing Mennell who then sent Preece over for a cracking try which Moore narrowly failed to convert.

BATLEY: Preece; Brown, Williams, Maun, Reittie; Handforth, Moore; Smith, Lythe, Martin, Bretherton, Walton, Robinson. Substitutes: Mennell, Lindsay, Manning, Hesketh, Toothill, Potter, Toohey, Fulstone.

DEWSBURY: Craven; Wainwright, Faal, Turner, Buchanan; Walker, Brambani; England, Tonks, Hirst, Spicer, Lockwood, Roberts. Substitutes: Bibb, Menzies, Horton, Shaw, Saxton, Wilson, Emblem, Glassell.

REFEREE: Craig Halloran (Batley).


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