Five tries in 17 second half minutes turned the tide completely for Batley Bulldogs, as they came back to beat Dewsbury Rams 36-20 at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. After losing to the Rams three times this season, it proved to be fourth time lucky for Batley as they bounced back from their defeat to Featherstone Rovers with an inspired final quarter performance. It wasn’t the return to Mount Pleasant Macauley Hallett was hoping for after he was sent for an early bath in the 76th minute for dissent.
The Rams opened the scoring in the seventh minute thanks to Robbie Ward and their fast-paced start continued when Alex Brown doubled his side’s lead soon after. Paul Sykes couldn’t convert either try. James Brown was sin-binned following a dangerous tackle on a Ram but there was no damage done on the scoreboard during his absence. With just a minute left of the half, Batley finally got off the mark as Dane Manning touched down. Pat Walker, who would finish the afternoon with six goals from as many attempts, added the extras. 8-6 to the Rams at the break.
After the restart, Dale Morton extended the visitors’ advantage as he crossed in the 48th minute. Sykes was on target for his first conversion of the day, making it a two score game. However, two tries in as many minutes from Jason Crookes and Wayne Reittie flipped the scoreline on its head and it was now the Bulldogs in the driving seat ahead of the final quarter. And what a final quarter it turned out to be for Matt Diskin’s men. Tries from ex-Dewsbury players Dom Brambani and Joel Farrell all but sealed the win and there was more salt to be rubbed into the Rams wounds thanks to Reittie’s second try of the afternoon. Hallett was initially sin-binned for dissent in the dying embers of the game but after a few more choice words, he was sent off. The final four pointer of the game went to the Rams as Gareth Moore scored a penalty try, the second to be conceded by Batley in as many weeks.