BATLEY BULLDOGS 20-10 SWITNON LIONS
Craig Lingard’s side are off the mark, after a hard fought victory over a tough Swinton Lions side in difficult conditions at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Match report by Luke Winner.
Craig Lingard secured his first win under the Bulldogs at home against fellow Betfred Championship outfit
The well renowned speedster Johnny Campbell was back in full swing as he claimed the first two tries of
the game coming from some clever play along the line. Hooley couldn’t convert both from out wide.
Swinton were struggling to defend at what was becoming an aggressive Batley attack. Once again
Alistair Leak was in the thick of it, with some stunning quick and delayed passes.
Michael Ward was the last player to cross the whitewash after bundling his way over directly on the
hooter. Morton slotted the conversion, seeing Batley hold a healthy lead at the break.
HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 20 – 0 Swinton Lions
Batley didn’t manage to get over in the second half, with a defiant Lions defence halting any possible
Mitch Cox and Frankie Halton, were the only ones to dash to the line for the visitors after some
successive sets for both eventually saw them over. Jack Hansen converted one out of the two.
FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 20 – 10 Swinton Lions
The only downsides in the game was the sin-bins of Toby Everett and Wayne Reittie (In the first half),
but overall it was a fantastic team effort from the Bulldogs, grinding out a hard fought win in some
tough conditions at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Bulldogs: Hooley, Reittie, Morton, Galbraith, Campbell, White, Yates, Everett, Leak, Brown, Manning,
Interchanges: Lunt, Dupree, Ward, Blagbrough.
Lions: Butt, Lepori, Morris, Cox, Wood, Hansen, Fairclough, Bennion, Waterworth, Hatton, Lloyd, Halton,
Interchanges: Brickhill, Brogan, Jones, Kenga