Workington 10 Batley 23: Bulldogs relieved after late tries seal victory

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BATLEY Bulldogs halted their slide down the Championship table with a crucial victory against Workington.

It completed a double for the Bulldogs, but they left it late, securing victory with two converted tries and a drop goal in the last six minutes of the game.

Town had turned round 8-0 in arrears but seemed to have the momentum when they got in front 10-8 within 13 minutes of the restart.

But inspired by a penalty by Scott Leatherbarrow to level-up, the Bulldogs roared back to score two converted tries. Then Leatherbarrow added a drop goal from inside his own half.

Leatherbarrow had given Batley the lead with a penalty, then converted Wayne Reittie’s try. Luke Blake squeezed over only to knock-on in touching down.

Town made a great start after the interval, scoring tries through Callum Phillips and Carl Forber, the second converted by Forber.

Leatherbarrow squared the match with a penalty.

Then Alistair Leak picked up Shaun Squires’s kick to touch down, Leathbarrow converted.

Sensing victory the Bulldogs scored again after 78 minutes. Blake made a telling break and James Craven was at his elbow to take the pass and step inside the last defender to score under the posts.

Leatherbarrow converted and then in the final minute produced a remarkable drop goal from inside his own half.

Workington Town: Murphy, Miller, Mossop, Stack, Tierney, Doran, Forber, Walker, Mattinson, Shackley, B. Phillips, Whiteley, McAvoy. Substitutes: C. Phillips, Olstrum, Scholey, Coward.

Batley Bulldogs: Craven, Reittie, Faal, Squires, Ainscough, Leak, Leatherbarrow, Hirst, Blake, Brown, Scott, Day, Chandler. Substitutes: Rowe, Hesketh, Lillycrop, Thackray.

Referee: M Woodhead (St Helens).