Bulldogs given useful work out in friendly victory

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Batley Bulldogs ran in six tries, all of which were converted, as they recorded a 36-18 victory over League One side North Wales on Saturday.

Batley had six different try scorers as they used a total of 22 players in their first pre-season friendly of 2016 and it proved a worthy exercise against a useful Crusaders outfit.

Joe Burke gave the visitors a ninth minute lead with a try which Tommy Johnsonconverted but Danny Cowling squeezed in at the left corner and Pat Walker landed a towering touchline goal for the Bulldogs.

Alistair Leak nipped over from acting half back and Walker improved the try with the last kick of the half.

Batley introduced their first string back line for the second half and it immediately paid off when Shaun Squires crossed with his first touch and Dominic Brambani converted.

Cain Southernwood raced over moments later following an excellent passing move, which ended with Sam Scott provided a lovely inside ball and Brambani goaled only for Crusaders to hit back with a Johnson converted try.

Chris Ulugia extended Batley’s lead with a 60th minute try and Brambani again converted but Danny Rasool replied for North Wales and Johnson landed his third goal.

Dave Scott was Batley’s sixth try scorer when he crossed in the corner and Brambani landed his fourth goal with the last kick of the game.

Batley now look ahead to next Sunday’s re-arranged game with Hunslet Hawks as preparations gather pace for the new Championship season.

Batley Bulldogs: Tinker; Reittie, McComb, Cowling D Scott; P Walker, Brambani; Gledhill, Blake, Hirst, Harrison, Bretherton. Subs: Ainscough, Craven, Squires, Ulugia, Southernwood, Lillycrop, Leak, J Brown, S Scorr.

North Wales Crusaders: Johnson; Turner, Hurst, Cox, Massam; R Smith, Dallimore; J Walker, Ashall, Burke, Thompson, Warburton, Jones. Subs: Holland, Halton, Rasool, Caiden, Hansen, Sanders, Hudson, Liku.

Referee: Dave Merrick.