Bulldogs rack up half century against OLdham

Dave Scott scored Batley's opening try in teh 50-10 win over Oldham.
Dave Scott scored Batley's opening try in teh 50-10 win over Oldham.

Batley Bulldogs racked up a half century of points as they put Oldham to the sword.

Batley ran in nine tries as they completed a 50-10 victory to move within two points of the Kingstone Press Championship’s top four.

The Bulldogs were superb in attack in one of their best displays since Matt Diskin took over as head coach.

Batley led after just nine minutes as Alex Rowe produced a storming drive and stood up in a tackle and offloaded to Mikey Hayward.

He drew the last Oldham defender and sent full-back Dave Scott storming away for the opening try at the side of the posts, with Patch Walker adding the first of seven goals.

A superb long pass by Dominic Brambani fed Sam Smeaton and he looked to have put Hayward in at the right corner but play was brought back for a forward pass.

From Batley’s next attack, Joel Farrell drove them close before Alistair Leak nipped over from acting half-back and Walker converted.

Batley stormed back up the Mount Pleasant slope and Walker produced a sublime kick over the Oldham defence and Hayward gathered the ball on the full to score a brilliant try which Walker converted from wide out.

Another fine attacking move saw the ball moved through several pairs of hands and ended with Hayward scoring wide out, with Walker tagging on another terrific goal for a 24-0 half-time lead.

Batley were even more impressive after the break, adding a further five tries with Brambani and Walker pulling the strings.

Brambani launched a huge up and under into the bright spring sunshine and Oldham’s defence allowed it to bounce.

Walker hacked the ball on and won the race for pounce for a try which he again converted.

Oldham hit back immediately as Batley knocked on the resulting kick off and Danny Langtree stood up in a tackle and offloaded for Michael Ward to cross between the posts, with Scott Leatherbarrow converting.

Oldham struck again on the hour mark, although they appeared to knock-on in the build up.

Play was allowed to continue and the ball was moved left for Tuoyo Egodo to send Richard Lepori in at the corner. Former Batley plyer Leatherbarrow looked to have landed a superb touchline goal but the two touch judges waved it away.

Batley took complete control in the final quarter, running a further four tries to boost their points difference.

Farrell gathered a pass and raced through a gap for another impressive try out wide and Walker curled over a cracking goal.

A 40-20 kick set up another Bulldogs attack which resulted in Smeaton handing off a defender on his way to the line, although Walker was off target with his conversion attempt for the first time.

Smeaton and Hayward then linked down the right with the latter slipping a lovely pass inside for Leak to grab his second try.

Batley scored their final try a minute from time when Adam Gledhill handed off a defender to crash over at the side of the posts and Walker brought up the half century with the resulting conversion to complete a very satisfactory performance.

Batley Bulldogs: Scott; Hayward, Smeaton, Cowling, Ainscough; Walker, Brambani; Gledhill, Leak, Rowe, Harrison, Farrell, Manning. Subs: Davey, Lillycrop, Brown, Maher.

Oldham: S Wood; Clay, Tyson, Egodo, Lepori; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Davies, Owen, Neal, M Wood, Langtree, Thomson. Subs: Bent, Hughes, Ward, Spencer.

Referee: Mr Straw.

Attendance: 781.