Batley 50 Oldham 10: Nine-try Batley put Oldham to the sword

Michael Hayward. Scored two tries for Batley against Oldham.
Michael Hayward. Scored two tries for Batley against Oldham.
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Batley Bulldogs racked up a half century of points as they put Oldham to the sword.

Batley ran in nine tries as they completed a 50-10 victory to move within two points of the Kingstone Press Championship’s top four.

The Bulldogs were superb in attack in one of their best displays since Matt Diskin took over as head coach. Batley led after just nine minutes as Alex Rowe produced a storming drive and stood up in a tackle and off-loaded to Mikey Hayward. He drew the last Oldham defender and sent full-back Dave Scott storming away for the opening try at the side of the posts, with Patch Walker adding the first of seven goals.

Alistair Leak nipped over from acting half-back and Walker converted. Batley stormed back up the Mount Pleasant slope and Walker produced a sublime kick over the Oldham defence and Hayward gathered on the full to score a try which Walker converted from wide out.

Hayward added another converted try for a 24-0 half-time lead. Batley were even more impressive after the break, adding a further five tries with Dominic Brambani and Walker pulling the strings.

Walker won a footrace for a try which he again converted.

Oldham hit back immediately as Batley knocked on the resulting kick off and Danny Langtree stood up in a tackle and off-loaded for Michael Ward to cross between the posts, with Scott Leatherbarrow converting. Oldham struck again on the hour, Richard Lepori in at the corner. Former Batley player Leatherbarrow looked to have landed a superb touchline goal but the two touch judges waved it away. Batley took complete control in the final quarter, running a further four tries through Farrell, Smeaton, Leak and Adam Gledhill.

Batley Bulldogs: Scott; Hayward, Smeaton, Cowling, Ainscough; Walker, Brambani; Gledhill, Leak, Rowe, Harrison, Farrell, Manning. Subs: Davey, Lillycrop, Brown, Maher.

Oldham: S Wood; Clay, Tyson, Egodo, Lepori; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Davies, Owen, Neal, M Wood, Langtree, Thomson. Subs: Bent, Hughes, Ward, Spencer.

Referee: Mr Straw.

Attendance: 781.