Featherstone record back-to-back wins with Batley victory

Featherstone record back-to-back wins with Batley victory

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Featherstone Rovers made it back-to-back wins in pre-season after beating Batley Bulldogs 36-16 at Post Office Road.

Rovers struck first inside the opening minute, as Frankie Halton crashed over for his first try for the club. Dane Chisholm added the conversion to make it a six point lead.

10 minutes later, the hosts got their second try, as Dale Ferguson managed to get in underneath the sticks. Chisholm scored the conversion to make it 12 for the Rovers.

Featherstone had carried where they left off after last week’s win over Oldham, as Chisholm added a third try just past the first quarter. He then converted to make it 18 points in 24 minutes.

Batley then hit back just after the half-hour, as Elliot Hall managed to get his way through and score. Joe Sanderson missed the conversion, meaning they remained 14 points behind.

Seven minutes into the second half, Featherstone carried on where they left off. A brilliant move was finished by fullback Liam Whitton in the corner. Harvey Spence kicked the conversion for the hosts.

Just before the hour, Rovers added a fifth try, as Jack Bussey powered his way over. Spence kicked the conversion to get them up to 30 points.

Four minutes later, Featherstone were celebrating again. Dean Parata did well out of dummy half, and got over. Spence kept up his perfect record for the afternoon with another conversion.

However, Batley refused to lie down, and got their second try when Alistair Leak managed to get over. Dale Morton added the conversion to get the Bulldogs into double figures.

The final word would go to the visitors, as they grabbed their third try at the end. Hall grabbed his second after an impressive 60m dart to the line. Morton added the conversion.

Featherstone have had the perfect preperation, as they look to go one better this season and achieve promotion to the Super League. They play their first competitive match next week as they host Bradford Bulls in the Challenge Cup.

As for Batley, it is one win and one defeat for them in pre-season. Their Challenge Cup campaign gets underway next week against Halifax Panthers.

Featherstone Rovers: Liam Whitton, Gareth Gale, Josh Hardcastle, Thomas Minns, Ben Blackmore, Nu Brown, Dane Chisholm, Craig Kopczak, Connor Jones, James Lockwood, Brad Day, Frankie Halton, Dale Ferguson.

Subs: John Davies, Jack Bussey, Luke Cooper, Callum Field, Dean Parata, Jake Sweeting, Louis Sheriff,Jimmy Beckett, Loui McConnell, Jacob Doyle, Harvey Spence.

Head Coach: James Webster.

Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Johnny Campbell, Jack Logan, Kieran Buchanan, Jodie Broughton, Ben White, Tom Gilmore, Tom Lillycroft, Ben Kaye, Toby Everett, Josh Tonks, Lucas Walshaw, Jack Blagbrough.

Subs: Wayne Reittie, Alistair Leak, Elliot Hall, Michael Ward, George Senior, Joe Sanderson, Dale Morton, Nyle Flynn, Aiden Ineson, Dom Horn.

Head Coach: Craig Lingard.

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