Bulldogs end long losing streak at the expense of rock-bottom rivals Donny

John Kear
John Kear
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Batley Bulldogs ended a run of seven successive defeats with a comfortable 34-6 win over Doncaster at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

In dry conditions, the tense crowd witnessed a nervous start from both sides as errors dominated the play. But Batley were first to show signs of confidence with their powerful left edge causing problems.

Alex Brown had squandered an early chance, but he was not to be denied shortly after as he stepped his way past Sam Doherty to touch down in the corner. And the home side were in again just minutes later as Shaun Squires stretched his ample frame over the line to finish a slick right to left move.

The Dons’ errors continued as they desperately looked for a foothold in the game, but the West Yorkshire side were in clinical mood and extended their lead to 16 points on 24 minutes as Tom Lillycrop ripped his way through the Dons defence to go over from 15 metres for a converted score.

Despite playing up the notorious slope Batley continued to dominate with Wayne Reittie notching a quickfire double. His first, on 37 minutes, was born out of sheer determination as he launched himself downfield to follow up Scott Leatherbarrow’s pinpoint kick to the corner, before he coasted in out wide on the hooter to leave his side 24-0 up at half time.

John Kear’s men flew out of the blocks after the interval and hit 30 points for the first time in the league since February after Cain Southernwood scored one of the tries of the season – the ball moved through no less than six pairs of hands as the home side swept 70 metres downfield, their left edge proving decisive as they combined well to send the supporting stand off over.

Driving rain then began to dictate play as the frequency of errors from both sides increased once again, but Batley went in again on the hour through Squires to firmly seal the points, before Paul Mennell created himself and excellent try for Doncaster.

Batley: Campbell, Reittie, Ainscough, Squires, A. Brown, Southernwood, Leatherbarrow, Hirst, Blake, Hesketh, Day, Scott, Chandler. Subs: Nicholson, Rowe, Lillycrop, J. Brown.

Doncaster: Scott, Doherty, Welham, Waterman, Fox, Sanderson, Mennell, Carbutt, Kesik, Spiers, Kelly, Musolino, Snitch. Subs: Emmett, Waller, Clark, Foster.

Referee: Adam Gill (RFL).

Attendance: 537.