Batley Bulldogs 38-36 Rochdale Hornets


Batley Bulldogs pulled off an amazing comeback in the final minutes of their match with Rochdale Hornets. Three tries in quick succession saw the Bulldogs turn a 36-22 deficit into a 38-36 win. Matty Hadden was sin-binned for the Hornets on 70 minutes, leaving the hosts to pile on the pressure and the Hornets couldn’t hold on.

Rochdale started the game well and scored the first three tries through Rob Massam, Harvey Livett and Benjamin Jullien. Livett converted two from three. Macauley Hallett replied for the hosts as they tried to get a foothold in the contest but their efforts proved short-lived. Lewis Galbraith extended Rochdale’s lead with Alan Kilshaw’s men in firm control. Sam Smeaton and Hallett then notched a try apiece to cut the gap to 10 points – 22-12 – by the break.

In the second period, Hadden settled any nerves after the restart as the Irish international crossed the whitewash for Rochdale. Livett converted and he also kicked a penalty goal after James Brown was sent to the sin-bin. With the final quarter approaching and Rochdale 30-12 to the good, it looked like the Hornets were going to see the game out and when Jack Johnson scored, many will have been mistaken to think a four score lead was insurmountable. Livett made it 36-12 before Batley started their miraculous fight back. Smeaton and Will Maher crossed but with Dominic Brambani only converting one – his first of the game at that point – the deficit still looked too big. But when Shaun Ainscough broke away and Hadden was sin-binned for a professional foul, there was some light for the Bulldogs. Ainscough scored twice in three minutes to bring the score to 36-32 to the visitors, with the game entering its dying embers. Then, the decisive try came from Tom Lillycrop who planted the ball next to the sticks with Brambani adding the extras to complete a superb comeback. The Bulldogs’ never say die attitude deserves applauding but Rochdale will not believe how they’ve lost the game as they enter the Easter period licking their wounds.

Batley Bulldogs

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Wayne ReittieWing000000
3Sam SmeatonCentre200000
4Macauley HallettCentre200000
5Shaun AinscoughWing200000
7Dominic BrambaniScrum Half030000
9Alistair Leak 14Hooker000000
10Alex Rowe 16Prop000000
11Brad Day 21Second Row000000
14James Davey 9Interchange000000
16Tom Lillycrop 10Interchange100001
17Joe ChandlerLoose Forward000000
18James HarrisonSecond Row000000
21James Brown 11Interchange000100
23Brad Hill 27Interchange000000
25Mikey HaywardFull Back000000
27Will Maher 23Prop100000
28Tom HolmesStand Off000000
 Total 830101

Rochdale Hornets

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Jake EcclestonCentre000000
4Lewis GalbraithCentre100000
5Rob MassamWing100000
7Danny YatesScrum Half000000
8Samir Tahraoui 10Interchange000000
9Ben Moores 14Interchange000000
10Gavin Bennion 8Prop000000
11Jono Smith 19Second Row000000
13Gary MiddlehurstLoose Forward000000
14Ryan Maneely 9Hooker000000
15Jovili Taira 16Prop000000
16Matty Hadden 15Interchange100100
18Andre SavelioSecond Row000000
19Jordan Case 11Interchange000000
24Benjamin JullienCentre100000
26Jack JohnsonFull Back100000
28Harvey LivettStand Off160000
 Total 660100

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 9, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Batley Bulldogs122638
Rochdale Hornets221436