Batley Bulldogs 24-23 Whitehaven
Batley registered a narrow victory over Whitehaven at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium as a Pat Walker penalty goal proved to be the difference. Chris Taylor got the scoring underway for Haven after 15 minutes and Louis Jouffret successfully converted. In reply, Batley came back with a vengeance and levelled the game up with a Dave Scott try which stemmed from a lovely inside ball from Dominic Brambani. The scrum-half converted the try. Two more tries for the hosts before the break put them in a good position heading into the second period. Adam Gledhill and James Brown both crossed the whitewash for the Bulldogs, who have been on top form this season. Brambani could only convert one of the tries, which left the half-time score at 16-6. After the restart, Haven struck with two tries in nearly as many minutes through Taylor and Craig Calvert. The match was all tied up after Jouffret converted one out of two. But there was no need to worry at that moment in time for Haven, who went into the lead courtesy of a Dion Aiye four pointer. Jouffret added the extras. Batley needed to respond and they did just that when Alex Brown acrobatically scored in the corner. Walker was on target with his first conversion attempt of the afternoon, to make the score 22-22. On 73 minutes, the visitors edged ahead once more. Grant Gore slotted over a drop goal but, not to be outdone, following a penalty for a shoulder charge, Batley regained the lead as Walker kicked the decisive two points. A test of character for the Bulldogs but one they just about managed to pass.