Tom Gilmore’s haul helps Batley Bulldogs steal rivals Thunder

In-form Batley Bulldogs won 28-16 at promoted Newcastle Thunder to secure a third win from four Championship outings.

Double: Veteran Bradford Bulls prop Steve Crossley scored two tries in their win at Whitehaven. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

In-form Batley Bulldogs won 28-16 at promoted Newcastle Thunder to secure a third win from four Championship outings.

Craig Lingard’s side led 10-6 at half-time and never truly looked in trouble.

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Tom Gilmore finished with a personal haul of 12 points with a try and four goals while hooker Alistair Leak (2), Dale Morton and Elliot Hall all also crossed.

Batley are in third place in the table but level on points with leaders Featherstone Rovers and Toulouse Olympique in second.

Bradford Bulls are in fourth position but also have six points after they won on the road 32-20 at Whitehaven with their veteran prop Steve Crossley scoring two tries.

Joe Brown, Brandon Pickersgill and Ebon Scurr were the other try-scorers for John Kear’s side with Danny Brough adding five goals.

Dewsbury Rams went down 30-20 against Yorkshire rivals York City Knights at Ram Stadium.

For Dewsbury, Matty Fleming, Andy Gabriel and Aaron Hall scored tries, with Paul Sykes kicking three conversions and a penalty. York’s points came from two Matty Marsh tries, plus Kieran Dixon, Ryan Atkins and Marcus Stock, with Dixon converting four and a penalty.

On Saturday, Sheffield Eagles were cruelly denied victory over full-time London Broncos after Jarrod Sammut kicked a 79th minute penalty to leave the game level at 20-20.

The South Yorkshire club looked like losing when Abbas Miski completed his hat-trick to put London 18-14 up in the 71st minute.

However, Aaron Brown responded with a try two minutes from time with Izaac Farrell converting to put Sheffield - who had earlier scored tries via Farrell and James Glover - in front before the final twist just seconds later.

Halifax Panthers were not as fortunate; they lost 16-12 at Oldham after conceding a 76th minute converted try to on-loan Wakefield Trinity centre Jack Croft. Halifax led 12-4 at the interval following Conor McGrath and James Woodburn-Hall tries allied to two Connor Robinson goals but were kept pointless in the second period.

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