Batley stay third after Oldham win

Dominic Brambani dives over for a try during Batleys win over Oldham.
Dominic Brambani dives over for a try during Batleys win over Oldham.
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Batley Bulldogs consolidated third place in the Kingstone Press Championship following an impressive 42-18 victory over Oldham last Sunday.

The Bulldogs ran in seven tries as they avenged defeat to the Roughyeds at Bower Fold in impressive style by racking up a fourth straight victory.

Batley were given an early scare when Oldham took an eighth minute lead as Dave Scott knocked on from a kick and from the resulting attack, Kenny Hughes dummied his way over and Lewis Palfrey converted.

Batley piled on the pressure, playing down the slope, and were eventually rewarded when Luke Blake gathered Keegan Hirst’s short pass and skipped round the full back to score. Dominic Brambani converted.

James Brown came off the bench and, as he had done at the previous week’s Summer Bash in Blackpool, the prop had a terrific game.

Brown and fellow sub Tom Lillycrop drove Batley forward, pinning Oldham deep in their own half.

Greg Minikin produced a terrific break to set up a dangerous Batley attack and although Oldham’s defence denied Brambani from close range, there was no stopping James Brown, who powered his way over the line. Patch Walker converted.

Oldham responded with an attack, which saw Steve Roper launch a towering kick.

Wayne Reittie leapt to gather on his own try line and raced the length of the field to score a sensational individual try, which Walker improved.

Batley extended their lead with a fourth try on the stroke of half-time as a penalty gave them good field position and James Brown span out of a tackle to plunge over for his second try. Walker’s goal gave the Bulldogs breathing space, leading 24-6 at half-time.

Oldham were forced onto the back foot at the start of the second half when Batley forced a drop out.

Brambani gathered a kick and cut inside, holding off Palfrey’s last ditch attempt to make a tackle to grab his side’s fifth try, which Walker goaled.

Sam Wood responded with a 55th minute try for the Roughyeds, which Palfrey converted, but Batley sealed victory with two further tries.

Greg Minikin gathered Brambani’s pass to score his third try since joining on dual registration. Walker goaled.

Brambani then cut inside to grab his second try and Walker added his sixth goal for a 42-12 lead.

Roper’s neat chip over was collected by Gary Middlehurst, who exchanged passes with Roper, to score a cracking try on his 100th career appearance. Palfrey converted but it was only consolation for the visitors.

Batley Bulldogs: DScott; Rettie, Minkin, Ulugia; A Brown; Southernwood, Brambani; Hirst, Leak, Gledhill, Bretherton, Chandler, Blake. Subs: Walker, Davey, Lillycrop, J Brown.

Tries: Blake (22), Brown (31, 40), Reittie (37), Brambani (48, 77), Minikin (70).

Goals: Brambani (1/1), Walker (6/6).

Oldham: Palfrey; Clay, Johnson, S Wood, Holmes; Owen, Roper; Joy, Hughes, T Spencer, Middlehurst, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Files, Ward, Burke, Gee.

Tries: Hughes (8), Wood (55), Middlehurst (80).

Goals: Palfrey (3/3).

Referee: S Ansell.

Attendance: 782.