Batley Bulldogs were made to work for their 22-18 victory against Swinton Lions at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. The Bulldogs had Dave Scott and Macauley Hallett to thank as the full-back and centre both scored braces to help their side to a hard-fought win in terrible conditions. Swinton had the lead from the fourth minute up until the 72nd when ex-Lion Hallett completed his brace, so they will feel mightily disappointed to not have sealed a great win.
Swinton took the lead through Shaun Robinson and their four point advantage was soon extended as Jack Murphy touched down in the 13th minute. One of the two conversions from Chris Atkin proved successful. Scott registered his first try soon after but the Lions held firm after being breached for the first time. Atkin kicked a penalty goal for the visitors, who went into half-time 12-6 in front and they didn’t have to wait long for things to get better after the restart.
The second period was two minutes old when Andy Thornley continued his impressive try-scoring form by adding the finishing touch to a nice attacking move. The conversion from Atkin was successful. With the hour mark fast approaching, Hallett got himself on the scoresheet to cut the deficit to eight points, which turned into six following Cain Southernwood’s conversion. In the final quarter, Scott added his second try but Southernwood was off target with the extras so the Lions had a two point lead to play with. Unfortunately for John Duffy’s side, Batley had a foothold in the contest and they managed to grab the decisive score eight minutes from time after constant pressure. Hallett came back to haunt his former employers with the winning try. With two minutes to go, the Bulldogs furthered their lead with a penalty goal – the final scoring act in a gruelling match.