Bulldogs work hard to overcome Haven

Alex Brown dives in at the left corner for a Batley try. Pic: Paul Butterfield.
Alex Brown dives in at the left corner for a Batley try. Pic: Paul Butterfield.

Batley Bulldogs were forced to work hard to overcome Whitehaven 24-23 on Monday as they remain joint top of the Kingstone Press Championship

Batley were made to work hard and it took a late penalty goal by Pat Walker to seal their sixth win of the season.

Batley looked to pile on early pressure, playing down the slope, but it was Haven who struck the first blow with a try from centre Chris Taylor, converted by Louis Jouffret.

Batley stormed back in style, scoring two tries in three minutes.

Dominic Brambani sent full-back Dave Scott on a barging run to the line and Brambani converted to level.

Back rower Adam Gledhill barged his way to the line to grab his first try of the season. Brambani again converted.

Cain Southernwood’s kick forced his former club to drop out and after a sustained spell of Batley pressure, James Brown forced his way over to put the Bulldogs 16-6 ahead at half-time.

Whitehaven hit back, playing down the slope, and grabbed three quick tries to move into the lead.

Taylor threw an excellent dummy to grab his second at the corner before Jessie Joe Parker sent Craig Calvert in for a walkover try and Dion Aiye also crossed, with Jouffret adding two conversions to put the Cumbrians 22-16 ahead.

Alex Brown was on the end of a lovely passing move to score at the left corner and Pat Walker added the touchline goal to level.

Grant Gore kicked a 73rd minute drop goal to edge Haven ahead but Walker kicked the winning penalty from 30 metres out after a shoulder charge on James Brown.

Batley: Scott; Reittie, Bretherton, Ainscough, A Brown; Southernwood, Brambani; Hirst, Leak, J Brown, Gledhill, Chandler, Blake. Subs: Davey, Lillycrop , Walker. Rowe.

Tries: Scott (16), Gledhill (19), J Brown (36), A Brown (67).

Goals: Brambani 2/3, Walker 2/2.

Whitehaven: Jouffret; Burns, Taylor, Parker, Calvert; Aiye, Gore; Riley, Newton, Davies, Allen, McAvoy, Carberry. Subs: Lucock, Fox, Holliday, Duffy.

Tries: Taylor (11 & 41), Calvert (43), Aiye (51)

Goals: Jouffret 3/4. DG: Gore (73)

Referee: Andy Sweet (Castleford)

Attendance: 706.