Brown’s sspension adds to Batley’s woes ahead of Leigh fixture

Batley Bulldogs centre Lewis Galbraith attempts to set up an attack during last Sunday's Championship game against London Broncos. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Batley Bulldogs centre Lewis Galbraith attempts to set up an attack during last Sunday's Championship game against London Broncos. Picture: Paul Butterfield

James Brown was handed a three match ban at Tuesday’s RFL disciplinary hearing following an alleged shoulder charge in the recent Betfred Championship game with Halifax.

Brown had challenged the Grade B charge but the panel agreed with the original two-game penalty notice and handed him an additional match, which means he will miss Sunday’s visit of Leigh Centurions, next week’s historic trip to Toronto Wolfpack and the Heavy Woollen derby at Dewsbury on July 22.

Batley are also still without injured half-back Dominic Brambani, who has resumed light training.

The Bulldogs welcomed Patch Walker and Tom Lillycrop back from injury against London Broncos last week but they were unable to prevent a sixth straight Championship defeat.

Batley had matched London in thefirst half but the Broncos’ full-time fitness in the energy sapping heat proved crucial as they pulled clear in the second half to win 38-16.

Batley now prepare to welcome another full-time outfit Leigh on Sunday with the Centurions’ hopes of finishing in the top four hanging in the balance following last week’s 46-28 defeat away to Toronto.

Leigh are three points behind fourth placed Halifax with four games of the regular season remaining.