Workington Town 30 Batley Bulldogs 12: Sammut pulls the strings as Bulldogs are beaten by Workington

John Kear
John Kear
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BATLEY Bulldogs made a disappointing start to their Championship Shield programme, losing for the first time in three outings against Workington Town.

Town took control with two tries in seven minutes through Jarrod Sammut (20) and Jack Murphy (27), Sammut converting his own score.

And with Batley substitute James Brown in the sin-bin for an alleged use of the elbow, the hosts went over again as Jamie Doran’s lovely pass sent Murphy away on a diagonal run to the line.

Batley pulled a score back when centre Chris Ulugia made the line and Scott Leatherbarrow put over the conversion.

A minute after the re-start, Town were on the scoreboard again when Alex Brown allowed Sammutt’s high kick to bounce and Kurt Horton was on hand to score.

But it was game-on again, however, on 49 minutes when John Kear’s men scored their second try as Sean Hesketh took defenders over the line with him under the posts and managed to get the ball down. Leatherbarrow converted.

Workington withstood everything the visitors threw at them and six minutes from time Callum Phillips scored a fine individual try, weaving and jinking his way past several tackles, with Carl Forber converting. Then with a minute left, a great burst by Liam McAvoy ended with an inviting, floated pass out to the left which Elliott Miller took in full flight to dive over.

WORKINGTON TOWN: Murphy, Miller, Mossop, Stack, Carter, Doran, Sammut, Coward, C Phillips, Shackley, B Phillips, Horton, McAvoy. Subs (all used): Forber, Olstrum, Walker, Szostak.

BATLEY BULLDOGS: Campbell, Reittie, Squires, Ulugia, A Brown, Southernwood, Leatherbarrow, Hirst, Blake, Rowe, Bretherton, Scott, Gledhill. Subs (all used): Nicholson, Hesketh, Lillycrop, J Brown.

Referee: Jamie Bloem (RFL).

Attendance: 864.