Batley Bulldogs 6 Leigh Centurions 36: Leigh hasten Batley’s slide towards relegation

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Batley moved nearer to the relegation zone following defeat to Championship leaders Leigh.

It took Leigh just 48 seconds to hit the front, Ryan Brierley scoring a simple try after Martyn Ridyard put Tom Armstrong through a gap.

From then on, the Bulldogs battled admirably to find a way back into the game but were nullified throughout by Leigh’s uncompromising defence.

Paul Rowley’s side extended their lead in the 24th minute, Matt Sarsfield going over after Brierley carved open Batley’s defence out wide.

Batley fell further behind before half-time when Ridyard added two penalties, however John Kear’s side were offered hope when Miles Greenwood raced onto Anthony Nicholson’s chipped kick to score three minutes after the break.

However, any hope was quashed soon after as the Centurions scored three tries in six minutes. They dismantled Batley’s flanks with ease, with quick-fire tries from Adam Higson, Liam Kay and Armstrong putting the game to bed.

The game turned scrappy thereafter, with Batley centre Lee Paterson being dismissed for an alleged comment towards Jamie Acton, whilst Acton himself was sin binned for a cannonball tackle three minutes before the end.

However, Leigh found time for one more try, Gregg McNally scoring out wide following another flowing move.

Batley: Greenwood, Reittie, Paterson, Heaton, Finigan, Davies, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Nicholson, Applegarth, Scott, Bretherton, Blake. Subs: Rowe, Gledhill, Johnson, Chandler

Leigh: McNally, Higson, Pitman, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, Emmitt, Penkywicz, Hopkins, Sarsfield, Haggerty, Barlow. Subs: Beswick, Goulden, Aspinwall, Acton.

Referee: Chris Kendall.

Attendance: 978.

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