Batley Bulldogs succumbed to a second successive defeat after London Broncos ran riot at The Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, defeating the Bulldogs 42-4.
After a Heavy Woollen derby to forget, the Bulldogs welcomed an in form London side who sat above them in the table.
Despite solid early pressure by Batley, it was London who opened the scoring inside five minutes through Kear after a fast break. The conversion was added by Pewhairangi to give the Bronchos a six point lead.
Within two minutes of the restart, London were over again. This time, a fast offload allowed Jay Pitts to crash over from close range to extend the away side’s lead. The visitors failed to add the extras.
After a poor start, the Bulldogs gradually began to find their feet once more and commanded much of the territory.
However, each time London got within twenty metres of the Batley line, they managed to find their way over. Midway through the first half, London were over once more. This time through Cunningham who broke through on the last tackle to extend the visitors lead. Pewhairangi added the extra points.
Then, a succession of penalties gifted Batley a set of six deep into London’s half. However, a knock on by Brad Hill denied Batley the opportunity to put some much needed points on the board.
Soon after, more penalties for interference and a dangerous tackle gave the Bulldogs another opportunity but James Brown was held up. From the following plays, Batley forced two goal-line dropouts, and numerous penalties and the majority of the play was deep inside London’s half.
Moments later, Batley looked to have scored but after juggling with the ball, Brad Day was unable to finish off the extensive Bulldogs pressure and London remarkably survived.
More Bulldogs pressure forced an incredible sixth goal line drop out and Batley had yet another opportunity which was wasted after an error by Holmes which gifted London a head and feed and an opportunity to relieve some pressure.
On the brink of half time, Batley broke through London through Farrell and were almost over after Bretherton found Patch Walker but Batley were denied once more.
HALF TIME: Batley Bulldogs 0-16 London Bronchos
Soon after the restart, London added to their advantage. A number of offloads deep inside Batley’s half set free Matt Garside who dived over to extend the visitors lead. Pewhairangi missed the resulting conversion.
Within five minutes, Batley finally opened their scoring after a strong run by Lillycrop gave Batley extra numbers out wide. Holmes’ pass found Brad Day who crashed over for Batley. Patch Walker missed the conversion.
Batley’s pressure continued but resolute London defence kept Batley out.
London dealt with Batley pressure and the away side soon broke free to score once more. A superb solo run by Mark Loane set free Alex Walker who had the easy job of scoring under the posts. Pewhairangi added the extras for the visitors.
Alex Bretherton was then sent to the sin bin for an off the ball incident to heap more misery on Batley with ten minutes to play.
With five minutes to play, London completed their victory against a defeated Batley outfit. A solo run and score by Cunningham was added to by Pewhairangi’s conversion.
Just before full time, London scored once more. This time, weak defence by Adam Gledhill let free Bienek who scored. The extras were added.
From kick off, London put the nail in the Batley coffin. A quick break from half way set London free to score once more in the corner. The resulting conversion crashed against the post on and the referee brought proceedings to a close.
FULL TIME: Batley Bulldogs 4-42 London Broncos.
Report: Jake Beales-Hobson
Picture: Neville Wright