Featherstone Rovers cut the gap to second-placed London Broncos to a single point with a 42-14 victory over Batley Bulldogs at the LD Nutrition Stadium. In a game which saw three sin-binnings, Featherstone led for 65 minutes and ran away with the contest in the second half.
Batley broke the deadlock in the sixth minute thank to a Brad Day try, with Pat Walker adding the extras. Soon after, Scott Turner was awarded a penalty try and Ian Hardman levelled matters from the boot. Turner and Jordan Baldwinson both touched down in the space of four minutes as the hosts gained a bit more breathing space. Hardman could only convert the latter’s try. Eight minutes from time, Wayne Reittie got on the end of a Dom Brambani kick as Batley cut the deficit to one score before the interval. Walker couldn’t hit the target from the boot.
Shaun Ainscough brought the Bulldogs closer with the first try of the second period but unfortunately for the visitors, Jack Ormondroyd and John Davies both crossed the chalk. With Hardman’s two conversions, Featherstone were 14 points up ahead of the final quarter. In-between those Featherstone tries was a sin-binning for Chris Ulugia, as with his side on a team warning, he was penalised for infringement. On the hour, Hardman kicked a penalty and things soon got better when Andy Bostock crashed over for his 100th career try. Another conversion all but sealed the game with 17 minutes remaining, Rovers 36-14 up. Dane Manning was sin-binned following a Bulldogs team warning but there was no damage done on the scoreboard. However, once the ex-Fax man returned Tom Lillycrop was shown a yellow card. Hardman finished the game with a try of his own as he took his side over the 40 point mark.