Batley Bulldogs claimed their third win of the season after a well-earned 28-16 win over Newcastle Thunder at Kingston Park.
The Bulldogs took the lead after seven minutes, as Elliott Hall got on the end of Tom Gilmore’s kick to score. Gilmore then converted to put the Bulldogs ahead by six points.
Newcastle levelled just before the half-hour. Kieran Gill took in a cutout pass from Josh Woods to go over. Woods then converted.
However, the Thunder would not make it to half-time. Batley retook the lead just three minutes later. Dale Morton managed to get over after a mistake from the kickoff gifted the Bulldogs possession. Gilmore missed the conversion, but they led by four points going into half-time.
The first try of the second half was always going to be crucial, and it was the visitors who got it. Alistair Leak spotted a gap from dummy half, and went over from short range. Gilmore was back on target with the conversion to stretch their lead to 10 points.
10 minutes later, Batley to take the game further away from Newcastle. Once again, Leak spotted a gap and was able to go over from short range. Gilmore scored the conversion to extend their lead to 16 points.
Newcastle needed to respond, and they did with just over 10 minutes to go. Gill was able to break out of a tackle and go over for his second. Woods converted to bring them back within 10.
The Thunder threatened to make it really interesting when they grabbed another with eight minutes to go. Woods’ kick found Jake Shorrocks, who went over for the hosts. Woods converted to just make it a one-score game.
But any hope of a comeback was well and truly killed off when Gilmore picked up a loose ball and went over. He converted to put the Bulldogs ahead by 12.
Both sides return to action next week. Newcastle travel to London Broncos next Sunday, while Batley travel to Sheffield Eagles on Friday night.
Image Credit: Paul Clayton.
Newcastle Thunder: Alex Donaghy, Jack Johnson, Kieran Gill, Joe Brown, Alex Clegg, Jake Shorrocks, Josh Woods, Nathan Wilde, Bob Beswick, Mikey Wood, Connor Bailey, Sam Wilde, Evan Simons.
Subs: Ted Chapelhow, Ukuma Ta’ai, Evan Hodgson, Reece Dean.
Head Coach: Eamon O’Carroll.
Batley Bulldogs: Elliott Hall, Jonny Campbell, Dale Morton, Jack Logan, Jodie Broughton, Ben White, Tom Gilmore, Adam Gledhill, Ben Kaye, Jack Blagbrough, Kieran Buchanan, Dane Manning, Josh Tonks.
Subs: Alistair Leak, Lucas Walshaw, Michael Ward, Tom Lillycrop.
Head Coach: Craig Lingard.