A superb attacking display allowed Batley Bulldogs to run riot at The Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, defeating Oldham Roughyeds 50-10.
After a cagey start it was Batley who opened the scoring. A strong run by Alex Rowe and a superb offload found Mikey Hayward who stretched clear of the Oldham defence. His short pass to full back Dave Scott was brilliantly finished next to the posts for Batley. Walker added the extras to give the Bulldogs the early advantage.
Despite the early try the momentum shifted in Oldham’s favour after a number of unforced errors by Batley but the Bulldogs defence held firm.
Then, midway through the first half, Batley were seemingly over for a second try of the game but Mikey Hayward was penalised for a knock-on in goal for Batley and Oldham survived.
Soon after, Alistair Leak crashed over for Batley from close range to extend the Bulldogs lead. In the build up, Leak forced his way through a number of Oldham players in an exquisite solo run. Walker again added the extras for the Bulldogs.
On the half-hour mark, Batley were over again. This time, an inch perfect cross field kick by Walker found Hayward in an acre of space for an easy try in the corner. Walker then converted from the touch line to put Batley well in control.
Within five minutes, Hayward was over for his second try of the game after strong attacking play from the Bulldogs. Brambani’s along pass wide found Smeaton who put it on a plate for Hayward to dive over in the corner again for Batley. Walker maintained his perfect kicking game by adding the two extra points.
HT: Bulldogs 24-0 Oldham
From the restart, Batley looked like they had scored again but the referee penalised Dave Scott for a knock on. In the build up, a superb last ditch tackle denied Smeaton a certain try.
From the following set, Patch Walker capped a fine performance with a try of his own. A high kick by Brambani was poorly dealt with by Oldham. Then, good footwork by James Brown and then Walker himself allowed Batley to stretch to a thirty point lead.
Within a minute, Oldham finally had a try of their own. Ward was over for the visitors under the posts to prevent a whitewash. The conversion was scored to make it 30-6.
Oldham tried to battle their way back into the game but the Batley defence held firm momentarily.
However, Oldham’s second half persistence paid off when they were over for a second try in the corner. The conversion was missed.
From the restart, Batley were over again, this time through Joel Farrell in the corner after a strong solo run. Patch Walker’s perfect kicking game continued with yet another conversion from out wide.
Then, an inch-perfect Dom Brambani 40/20 gave Batley the perfect opportunity to score again.
From the following set, Sam Smeaton dived over for the Bulldogs in the corner to take Batley’s points total to the forty mark. Walker missed his kick for the first time in the game and Batley led 40-10 with ten minutes to play.
Soon after, Alistair Leak added to his earlier try after a superb run and offload by Mikey Hayward. For the second time in succession, Walker’s conversion was inches wide of the post.
In the final attack of the game, Batley capped a fine victory after prop Adam Gledhill forced his way over for the Bulldogs from close range. Walker added the extras.
FT: Batley 50-10 Oldham.
Report by Jake Beales-Hobson & Dan Brosnan