Batley Bulldogs 12 Dewsbury Rams 13: Sykes clinches win with drop goal

A Paul Sykes drop goal settled a scrappy Heavy Woollen derby as Dewsbury Rams pipped rivals Batley Bulldogs 13-12 in Sunday's Summer Bash climax.

Batley's Daniel Cowling and James Harrison tackle Dewsbury's Billy Hayes. Picture:

Batley actually outscored their neighbours, three tries to one, but eight points from the boot of James Glover proved decisive for the Rams.

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Glover kicked two Dewsbury penalties, either side of Danny Cowling’s try, before further unconverted scores from Wayne Reittie and James Harrison to lead 12-4.

Dewsbury scored their only try of the game in the 49th minute, via Aaron Brown, Glover adding the conversion, before making it 12-12 with a penalty.

And it was left to Sykes, with his 60th-minute drop goal, to secure a rare win for strugglers Dewsbury.