Bulldogs hard work is in vain as Halifax seal emphatic win

Batley's James Brown offloads to Joel Farrell during Sunday's game against Halifax.
Batley's James Brown offloads to Joel Farrell during Sunday's game against Halifax.

Batley Bulldogs slipped to a fifth straight defeat in the Betfred Championship as they went down 50-12 to in-form Halifax.

The Bulldogs welcomed back James Brown, hooker Tom Hemingway and Dane Manning from injury but still had a number of key players sidelined and once again had a makeshift half-back pairing of Dave Scott and James Davey orchestrating things.

Halifax took just three minutes to go ahead with the first of their nine tries as Batley were penalised for offside and from the resulting attack Shane Grady was sent over for a try but Steve Tyrer’s conversion attempt rebounded off a post.

A period of stalemate followed with Batley’s best chance coming when Hemingway kicked through but Grady was alert to gather the ball and clear up the danger.

Halifax doubled their advantage midway through the first half when full-back James Woodburn-Hall sent out a long pass for Will Sharp to round the last Batley defender to score in the corner but Tyrer’s conversion attempt drifted wide of the posts.

Hemingway produced a dangerous kick to the in-goal area which forced a drop out and Batley mounted a spell of pressure which resulted in substitute prop Brown crashing over from close range on his return to the side. Scott converted to reduce the arrears to two points.

Alex Rowe then sent Brad Day racing away to set up another attack and after forcing a repeat set, Brown knocked on with the Bulldogs threatening.

Chester Butler broke through at the other end and found Brandon Moore in support to send him over for a try which Tyrer converted.

Halifax added a fourth try a minute before half-time as they moved the ball left for Woodburn-Hall to cross and Tyrer again converted to send the home side into a 20-6 interval lead.

Halifax took control after the break as a sweeping move saw the ball moved wide to James Saltonstall and the winger chipped back inside for Moore to gather and score his second try of the game. Tyrer converted.

Batley responded immediately as Reiss Butterworth fed Adam Gledhill and he stormed through and over for the Bulldogs second score which Scott improved.

Another lovely passing move ended with Saltonstall scoring Halifax’s sixth try in the corner and Tyrer tagged on an excellent goal.

Captain Scott Murrell supported another break by Butler as he collected the final pass to score, with Tyrer again converting to extend the lead to 38-12.

Batley wilted in the heat as Halifax added a further two tries in the final 10 minutes to bring up the half century.

Solid defence had kept Batley out following a promising attack but Fax moved quickly to the other end of the field as Adam Tangata produced a lovely weaving run before sending ben Johnston over with Tyrer adding the goal.

Fax went close again as Tangata kicked through but it was just too far for Saltonstall to pounce but they mounted another attack when Ed Barber broke through and although the Batley defence got back to halt him, he offloaded for Elliot Morris to finish the move, with Tyrer’s conversion completing the emphatic win.