Swinton Lions 12-26 Batley Bulldogs


Alex Rowe celebrated his 250th professional appearance with a Batley Bulldogs victory over Swinton Lions at Heywood Road. The visitors got back to winning ways after going into half-time 16-0 up and keeping hold of their lead throughout the second half.

Shaun Ainscough broke the deadlock for the Bulldogs after both sides cancelled each other out in the early going. Pat Walker converted. Brad Day furthered the visitors’ lead with their second try of the contest soon after, and Walker was again on target. The final four pointer of the first half went the way of hooker Alistair Leak as the Bulldogs tried to put their foot on the gas. Walker was off target with his third goal attempt.

After the restart, Anthony Bate cut into the deficit for the Lions with Chris Atkin adding the extras. Two consecutive Batley tries all but sealed the win for the West Yorkshire club, who had a rough couple of weeks after defeats against Dewsbury and Toulouse. Centres Danny Cowling and Sam Smeaton notched four pointers either side of the hour mark as Matt Diskin’s men went 26-6 to the good. Swinton grabbed a consolation in the dying embers of the contest through prop forward Andy Bracek. Ben White took over the kicking duties and was successful with his only attempt. Both sides went down to 12 men towards the end of the match as Bate and Tom Lillycrop were sin-binned for fighting. 

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back000000
2Shaun RobinsonWing000000
3Chris HankinsonCentre000000
4Rhodri LloydSecond Row000000
6Grant GoreStand Off000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half010000
8Rob Lever 41Loose Forward000000
9Anthony Nicholson 22Interchange000000
14Ben WhiteCentre010000
15Andy Bracek 16Prop100000
16Anthony Bate 15Interchange100100
17Oliver DaviesSecond Row000000
18Ben Austin 19Interchange000000
19Josh Barlow 18Prop000000
21Mike ButtWing000000
22Luke Waterworth 9Hooker000000
41Liam Carberry 8Interchange000000
 Total 220100

Batley Bulldogs

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1David ScottFull Back000000
2Wayne ReittieWing000000
3Sam SmeatonCentre100000
5Shaun AinscoughWing100000
6Cain SouthernwoodStand Off000000
8Adam Gledhill 21Prop000000
9Alistair Leak 14Interchange100000
10Alex Rowe 16Interchange000000
11Brad DayLoose Forward100000
13Pat WalkerStand Off030001
14James Davey 9Hooker000000
15Danny CowlingCentre100000
16Tom Lillycrop 10Prop000100
18James Harrison 19Interchange000000
19Alex Bretherton 18Second Row000000
21James Brown 8Interchange000000
22Dane ManningSecond Row000000
 Total 530101

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 11, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Heywood Road


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Swinton Lions01212
Batley Bulldogs161026