Matt is in right Place to earn Fax a narrow win at Batley

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Batley Bulldogs slipped to their first defeat in the Kingstone Press Championship, as they were edged out 6-2 at home to Halifax.

The weather wasn’t conducive to playing free-flowing rugby, with the forwards involved in a slog and defences on top throughout.

Batley created four excellent first half chances but were unable to capitalise and Halifax scored the game’s only try from the Bulldogs’ only defensive lapse of the entire 80 minutes.

It was a tense tussle between two determined sides but handling errors early on prevented either from taking a grip on the game.

A hefty penalty count of 13-6 against the Bulldogs did not help the home side’s cause as they were starved of possession for long periods, especially in the second half.

The hosts broke the deadlock on 34 minutes when Scott Leatherbarrow punished a Fax infringement.

Halifax’s response was immediate as they launched an attack of their own and stand-off Matt Place stormed through a gap in the Bulldogs defence and over for a try which Steve Tyrer converted.

Batley Bulldogs: Craven; Reittie, Faal, Squires, Campbell; Southernwood, Leatherbarrow; Rowe, Leak, Lillycrop, Bretherton, Mitchell, Chandler. Subs: Nicholson, Blake, Hirst, Brown.

Halifax: Greenwood; Saxton, Taylor, Tyrer, Saltonstall; PLace, Murrell; Cahalane, Kaye, Ambler, Robinson, Manning, Bracek. Subs: Tangata, Moore, Manneley, Fairbank.

Referee: Joe Cobb.

Attendance: 1,113.