Bulldogs battle back to seal win over Eagles

Dane Manning was among the Batley try scorers in their 28-14 victory at Sheffield .
Dane Manning was among the Batley try scorers in their 28-14 victory at Sheffield .

Batley Bulldogs fought back from 10-0 down to overcome Sheffield Eagles 28-14 and claim a second win of the Easter holidays on Monday.

Victory at a snowy Olympic Legacy Park saw Batley move level on eight points with fifth placed Leigh Centurions and Halifax in the Betfred Championship table.

The Bulldogs produced a clinical second half display as they scored four converted tries to turn round their interval deficit.

The Eagles went into the game buoyed by their first win of the season over Rochdale on Good Friday and they began well as full-back Matty Costello moved play right to put Joshua Toole over for an unconverted try after eight minutes.

Sheffield piled on the pressure and twice forced Batley to drop out and they were rewarded with a second try as Oliver Davies met a short pass at pass to crash over and Oscar Thomas converted to put the Eagles 10-0 up inside the opening quarter.

Sheffield went close again before Batley hit back. Joe Chandler and Jason Crookes both went close for the Bulldogs before full-back Dave Scott was on the end of a fine move to score a 35th minute try.

Patch Walker was unable to convert and missed with a penalty goal attempt soon after as Batley went into half-time trailing 10-4.

Batley turned the game with a three try blast in the space of just eight minutes.

Batley attacked on the back of an Eagles drop out and Walker produced a neat grubber kick to the in-goal area and Dane Manning reacted to pounce for the try, with Walker’s conversion levelling matters.

Soon after Daniel Igbinedion dropped the ball when attempting to bring it away from his own line and it gifted the Bulldogs with an excellent opportunity.

Walker sold a brilliant dummy from the scrum and sliced through to score against his former club before tagging on the goal to put the Bulldogs 16-10 ahead.

Batley produced another fine attacking move and created an overlap which allowed winger Wayne Reittie to dive in at the corner, with Walker adding the conversion.

Sheffield responded and hit back with their third try as they created an overlap as Ben Blackmore offloaded for Ryan Millar to cross.

The conversion was missed, leaving Batley with an eight point advantage.

Sheffield captain Matt James looked to have pulled another try back but was judged to have knocked on and Batley went on to complete their fourth win of the season.

With two minutes remaining, Batley made sure they would leave South Yorkshire with the two points as Joe Chandler drove the ball in and produced a lovely offload for Tom Hemingway to scamper over for the try, which Walker converted.