Batley Bulldogs 28 Dewsbury Rams 18
Wednesday 26th December 2012
Bulldogs triumph in Heavy Woollen derby
John Kear's Batley Bulldogs triumphed in the Heavy Woollen Derby at the LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium this afternoon.
Playing down the slope in the first half, Danny Maun put the Bulldogs in front after backing himself for the line following a right-to-left passing move.
The hosts increased their lead when Alex Rowe was quickest to react after a home attack had broken down near the line, before George Flanagan scored a trademark try from dummy half.
Tom Hemingway converted all three tries to make it 18-0 against a Rams side that had been starved of possession and territory.
Glenn Morrison's men started the second half in fine style and the comeback was on when Matthew Tebb threw a sublime dummy to the well-marked Makali Aizue before flinging himself over the line.
Debutant Dale Morton missed the conversion but the Rams boosted their chances of victory when James Craven showed great pace to finish off a neat blindside move to cross out wide.
But Jy-mel Coleman was wide with the the conversion and, when Ben Black found Miles Greenwood with a well-weighted inside ball to send the former Halifax and Oldham man over, the visitors were left with a mountain to climb.
Scott Spaven crossed for a third Rams try when he showed great strength to scoot from dummy half and ground the ball, before Greg Johnson made sure of victory for Batley when he sped over out wide after Danny Maun's pass had found him in acres of space.
James Craven crossed for the Rams' fourth try in the final minute, and there were plenty of positives to draw from the new-look squad's first performance, particularly in the second half.
T: Maun, Rowe, Flanagan, Greenwood, Johnson
G: Hemingway 4/5
T: Tebb, Craven 2, Spaven
G: Morton 0/1, Coleman 1/3
Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow