Dewsbury Rams were the victors in the first Heavy Woollen derby since Boxing Day 2019, after a 22-20 victory over Batley Bulldogs at Mount Pleasant.
It was the Bulldogs who took the lead early on, Jodie Broughton scored his first try for his new club, as he finished a good move out wide. It was only a four point lead however, as the conversion was missed.
The hosts were made to pay for that soon after, as Liam Finn’s kick found Aaron Hall who managed to score. Finn then kicked the conversion to edge the visitors in front.
This did not keep Batley down however, as just before the half-hour they were back in front, as Dale Morton collected and finished out wide. Jack Sanderson scored the conversion.
The end-to-end nature of the first half continued, as Dewsbury got back into it thanks to a clever kick from Reiss Butterworth, which found Matty Fleming, who scored. Finn was again on target with the conversion to edge the Rams back in front.
But it would be Batley who went into half time into the lead, as Luke Hooley scored with the final act of the first half.
The Rams opened the scoring in the second half, as Adam Ryder managed to get through and score. Paul Sykes was off target with the conversion attempt.
With 54 minutes gone, Batley took the lead once again, as Lucas Walshaw broke through the line and scored under the posts. Ben White was on target with the conversion.
Just three minutes later, Dewsbury got what would prove to be the winner, as Davey Dixon finished in the corner. Sykes kicked the goal to put the Rams ahead by two points.
It was a close affair, but that was how it remained, giving the Rams bragging rights until the two meet again in the league.
Both sides carry on their preparations for the new season next week. Batley will take on Featherstone Rovers away from home on Saturday, whilst Dewsbury face Super League opposition, in the form of Wakefield Trinity away from home on Sunday.
Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Wayne Rettie, Kieran Buchanan, Johnny Campbell, Ben White, Tom Gilmore, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Toby Everett, Lucas Walshaw, Jack Blagbrough, Michael Ward, Josh Tonks, George Senior, Tom Lillycrop, Joe Sanderson, Jodie Broughton, Dale Morton, Jack Logan, Ben Kaye, Anthony Bowman, Nyle Flynn, Aiden Ineson, Dom Horn.
Head Coach: Craig Lingard
Dewsbury Rams: Reece Chapman-Smith, Andrew Gabriel, Bayley Liu, Matty Fleming, Will Oakes, Liam Finn, Jamie Abram, Aaron Hall, Reiss Butterworth, Tom Garratt, Keenan Tomlinson, Michael Knowles, Frazer Morris, Chris Annakin, Lewis Carr, Brad Clavering, Rhys Davies, John Magrin, Joe Martin, Adam Ryder, Jordan Schofield, Connor Scott, Alex Smith, Paul Sykes, James Thornton, Jason Walton, Joe Wardill.
Head Coach: Lee Greenwood.