Batley BulldoGs returned to form as they secured a 48-28 Kingstone Press Championship victory against Oldham last Sunday.
The match was played out in the shadow of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium after the match was switched to the Regional Manchester Arena and the venue suited Batley as they ran in eight tries.
An end-to-end first half ended all square at 22-22 before Batley clicked into gear after the break.
Oldham struck in the third minute when former Bulldog Scott Leatherbarrow produced a cut out pass to send winger Adam Clay over for the first of a hat-trick of tries.
Adam Neal added a second try soon after and Leatherbarrow converted for a 10-0 lead.
Danny Cowling pulled a try back wide out for Batley and soon after Joel Farrell produced a fine weaving run to score and Cain Southernwood’s goal levelled matters.
Oldham regained control and Clay cut inside to bag his second try, which Leatherbarrow improved.
Clay returned a Batley kick to put Oldham back on attack and the winger was on hand to complete an 18 minute hat-trick which Leatherbarrow converted.
Alistair Leak came off the bench and made an immediate impact when he nipped over from acting half-back for a 27th minute try.
Batley launched another attack from the kick off and Adam Gledhill grabbed a try, with Southernwood landing both goals to level at half-time, although Batley had Dominic Brambani sin-binned before the hooter.
Despite being down to 12 men, Batley took control at the start of the second half and just three minutes after the re-start Wayne Reittie was on the end of a fine passing move to score and put his side ahead for the first time, with Southernwood again tagging on the goal.
Brambani returned and immediately made amends as he dummied a pass and switched play the opposite direction.
Southerwood converted and added a penalty as the Bulldogs established a 36-22 lead.
Substitute forward James Harrison grabbed a 58th minute try and Southerwood’s seventh goal gave the Bulldogs breathing space.
Brambani then broke through and fed impressive prop forward Tom Lillycrop, who finished the move off with a try that Southernwood improved as the Bulldogs emphasised their second half dominance.
Batley were well on their way to a sixth win of the season but there was late drama when Brambani was sent of in the final minute for dissent.
The Bulldogs looked to have nilled Oldham in the second half but Danny Grimshaw crossed for a last minute consolation try, which Leatherbarrow improved.