Matt Diskin’s Batley Bulldogs picked up their second win of the 2017 campaign as they hammered Sheffield Eagles 54-10 at the Beaumont Legal Stadium. With Dominic Brambani, Tom Holmes, Alex Rowe and Cain Southernwood among the starring cast, Batley showed signs of real potential as they brushed off the hosts without much effort.
Alistair Leak broke the deadlock in the 12th minute for the Bulldogs but Sheffield did respond well after they had conceded the opener as Elliot Minchella registered the equalising score just three minutes later. However, from there on in, Batley took control of proceedings and bagged four tries without reply as they went into the sheds 26-6 up. Brad Day scored a brace for the visitors, either side of four pointers from Holmes and Wayne Reittie.
After the restart, Batley started the half as they ended the first thanks to a try from Brambani who muscled over with four defenders around him. Reittie doubled his tally four minutes later following Will Hope being shown a yellow card for a trip. At 38-6 down, the Eagles were on the verge of an embarrassing defeat and things didn’t get any better for them as they conceded two more tries before the hour mark. Macauley Hallett and Holmes were the try-scorers for the Bulldogs, who reached the 50 point barrier but weren’t settling for just that. Mikey Hayward scored Batley’s final try on 63 minutes before Dane Chisholm grabbed a consolation for the Eagles with six minutes to go. To sum up proceedings, the try wasn’t converted despite it being scored in front of the sticks. A great day for the Bulldogs who will go into next week’s clash with Swinton high on confidence while Sheffield have the daunting prospect of Hull Kingston Rovers and Featherstone Rovers in the next two weeks.