Greenwood’s hat-trick sees Batley romp home

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Batley Bulldogs picked up their third win on the bounce with a 55-12 battering of North Wales Crusaders.

The hosts opened the scoring when Luke Blake sent Miles Greenwood over underneath the posts for his first try after Alex Brown had kept the ball alive in centre field. Then, Scott Leatherbarrow shrugged off several tackles to score.

Alex Brown added his side’s third try of the game soon after, taking a high kick on the last from Leatherbarrow to palm off Dan Birkett’s tackle and touch down in the corner.

Toby Adamson had a Crusaders try pulled back for a forward pass, and the Welsh side continued to press and, when Stephen Bannister attempted to flick the ball onto Massam in the corner, Vinny Finigan intercepted play to race the length of the field and score. Crusaders did get some points on the board before the break, though, as Dan Birkett collected Dallimore’s high bomb to finish in the corner.

Greenwood added another two tries for Batley and Sam Scott also crashed his way over the line in a ruthless six-minute spell early in the second-half.

Adamson supported a Stuart Reardon break to grab Crusaders’ second score of the afternoon – a mere consolation – before Luke Blake and Alex Brow added further tries for Batley.

As the hooter blew at full-time, Ben Black slotted over a drop-goal to add insult to injury.

Batley: Greenwood, Finigan, Paterson, Griffin, A. Brown, Black, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Blake, Gledhill, Scott, Bretherton, Applegarth. Substitutes: Faal, Nicholson, Rowe, Hirst.

North Wales Crusaders: Johnson, Massam, Bannister, Reardon, Birkett, K. Ashall, Dallimore, J. Walker, Hudson, Martins, Wild, Middlehurst, Adamson. Substitutes: Roets, Stephens, Soum, Clarke.

Referee: T Crashley (RFL).