Dewsbury Rams claimed their first victory of the season in the Heavy Woollen derby defeating Batley Bulldogs side 20-4.

Batley started the slower of the two sides and within two minutes, Dewsbury were gifted the chance to take the lead. Dewsbury were awarded a penalty and the home side took full advantage. Glover stepped up for the Rams and made it 2-0 after ninety seconds.

Soon after, Glover was on the the scoreboard again. This time, a strong run created some space out wide and the Dewsbury centre crashed over. From the touch line, Glover converted his own try to give his side an 8-point advantage.

Glover added another two points for the home side midway through the first half.

Batley struggled to find their feet and it was bottom of the table Dewsbury who continued to apply pressure. Strong tackles by Manning, Scott and Farrell denied more Dewsbury tries before the half-hour mark.

Then, Batley’s best period of pressure in the game gifted winger Mikey Hayward a try in the corner after strong work in attack by the Bulldogs. Walker’s kick was wide but Batley were finally on the scoreboard.


Minutes before half time, Dewsbury were over again through Dale Morton in the corner, extending the home side’s advantage. Again, from a similar position to his first conversion, Glover added the extras to give Dewsbury a 16-4 lead at half time.

The second half brought very little action and Dewsbury’s resolute defence kept Batley at bay.

Missed opportunities were the Bulldogs’ downfall. Early in the second half, Batley started the stronger of the two sides but were denied a certain try after Joel Farrell scrambled towards the Dewsbury try line but he was held up.

Batley’s final ball was lacking and Dewsbury made the Bulldogs pay. Glover’s kicking game tormented Batley as he added an extra two points from close range.

As the game edged towards its conclusion, Batley again were kept at bay after Ainscough looked to have scored for Batley but he was held up and subsequently pushed out of play by a number of Dewsbury defenders.

Within a minute, Glover extended Dewsbury’s advantage with another penalty kick and put the game out of Batley’s reach.

The game threatened to boil over in the dying minutes after Adam Gledhill was involved in an off the ball incident and sent to the sin bin.

Dewsbury frustrated Batley all afternoon and the referee brought the match to an end with Dewsbury claiming a 20-4 victory at The Tetley’s Stadium.