Strong second half sees Batley victorious over Widnes

Strong second half sees Batley victorious over Widnes

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Batley Bulldogs came from 16-10 down at half-time to record a 48-16 victory over Widnes Vikings at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Widnes took the lead on six minutes as Eribe Doro crashed over for his first try since his loan move from Warrington. Steve Tyrer added the conversion to give the Vikings a six-point lead.

Just two minutes later, Kenny Baker was put through a gap by Paul Clough to get Widnes’ second try. Tyrer scored the conversion.

Batley hit back on the 20-minute mark after Jonny Campbell collected a Luke Hooley kick to score. Dale Morton missed the conversion, meaning they trailed by eight points.

That would not matter, as just four minutes later Batley struck again as Josh Tonks reached out and got the try. Morton scored the conversion to bring them back within two points.

But Widnes struck again just before the break to extend their lead. Shane Grady got free and put Owen Buckley in out wide with an acrobatic finish. Tyrer missed the conversion, meaning their lead stayed at six points.

That lead was wiped out four minutes into the second half, after Michael Ward made a clean break through the defence to score. Morton converted to level the match.

Seven minutes later, the Bulldogs took the lead for the first time. Ben White managed to ride a challenge and get over the line. Morton scored the conversion to put them ahead by six points.

Just a minute later, Morton got a try after intercepting a pass and running the length of the field to score. He was then able to convert his own try.

It was soon three tries in five minutes for Batley, this time it was Luke Hooley who scored after finishing off a good move. Morton was again on target with the conversion.

On the hour, Batley got another after a good individual effort from Campbell for his second. He chipped over the top of the defence and collected to score. Morton couldn’t add the conversion.

Just two minutes later, Jodie Broughton got in on the act, after spinning his way over the line. Morton was back on target with the conversion attempt.

Batley were able to round off their performance with one more try as Dane Manning took a quick tap from a penalty and went over. Morton missed the conversion, which would have got the Bulldogs up to 50 points.

Both sides return to action next week. Batley travel to Newcastle Thunder next Sunday, while Widnes host Swinton Lions on the same day.

Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Jonny Campbell, Dale Morton, Jack Logan, Jodie Broughton, Tom Gilmore, Ben White, Adam Gledhill, Ben Kaye, Jack Blagbrough, Kieran Buchanan, Dane Manning, Josh Tonks.

Subs: Elliot Hall, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward, James Brown.

Head Coach: Craig Lingard.

Widnes Vikings: Joe Lyons, Deon Cross, Lloyd Roby, Steve Tyrer, Owen Buckley, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Paul Clough, Brad O’Neill, Eribe Doro, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson, Kenny Baker.

Subs: Owen Farnworth, Lewis Else, Adam Lawton, Will Tilleke.

Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.

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Steven Hughes

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