Leatherbarrow guides the Bulldogs to valuable victory at Town

Wayne Reittie
Wayne Reittie
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BATLEY Bulldogs scored two late converted tries to halt their slide down the Championship table and collect a crucial 23-10 victory against their relegation-threatened hosts Workington Town.

Scott Leatherbarrow had given Batley the lead on eight minutes with a penalty, but they had to wait until the 34th minute for their next score when Wayne Reittie picked up a loose ball near his own line and went all the way to score under the posts. Leatherbarrow goaled.

But Town responded through Callum Phillips (41) and Carl Forber (53), tries with the second converted by Forber.

Leatherbarrow squared the match with a penalty on 68 and five minutes later Batley had the lead as Shaun Squires’ kick found Alistair Leak and he crossed for a try improved by Leatherbarrow. Luke Blake’s break was finished off by James Craven, Leatherbarrow converting and then in the final minute, he dropped a goal from inside his own half.

Workington Town: Murphy, Miller, Mossop, Stack, Tierney, Doran, Forber, Walker, Mattinson, Shackley, B Phillips, Whiteley, McAvoy. Subs: C Phillips, Olstrum, Scholey, Coward.

Batley Bulldogs: Craven, Reittie, Faal, Squires, Ainscough, Leak, Leatherbarrow, Hirst, Blake, Brown, Scott, Day, Chandler. Subs: Rowe, Hesketh, Lillycrop, Thackray.

Referee: Michael Woodhead (RFL).

Attendance: 596