Batley Bulldogs’ transition was just too much this time around as they had to settle for a return to the Championship Shield for the second time in three seasons.
The Bulldogs, under John Kear, finished third in 2016 but after the legend departed, replaced by Matt Diskin, the Bulldogs dropped down several places as a result.
Then again, after deciding on remaining part-time, such a season they experienced could be considered another strong campaign, find out below just how they got on!
Best Performance: Batley Bulldogs 24-6 Halifax RLFC
Their best win may surprise some but their first home game of 2017, where they smashed Halifax RLFC at Mount Pleasant, is chosen.
Here, the Bulldogs shook off a heavy opening defeat away at Toulouse Olympique in fine style as they recorded a remarkable win against rivals ‘Fax to get their campaign up and running.
True, they had heavier wins but what makes this one stand out is not only ‘Fax’s future achievements but the situation as aforementioned.
The Bulldogs came out “all guns blazing” with former ‘Fax players Sam Smeaton and Dane Manning as well as Alex Bretherton touching down that gave the Bulldogs an 18-0 half-time lead.
Both sides could only exchange a try apiece in the second half in such poor conditions through Joe Chandler before James Saltonstall grabbed ‘Fax’s only effort.
The damage was long done and credit to Batley for their game management, they never allowed ‘Fax a sniff of anything in the game.
They played to the conditions well and secured the win in a professional manner!