Batley Bulldogs 18-24 Widnes Vikings

Batley 18 - 24 Widnes

Vikings make it five on the slope


Widnes Vikings made it five wins from five with a hard-fought 18-24 victory at Batley Bulldogs in Round 20 of the Betfred Championship.

The Vikings made one change to last week’s 17, with Josh Johnson returning from injury to replace Will Tilleke in the interchanges.

Batley were quick off the mark as the Vikings played up the hill in the first period, a smart grubber from Tom Gilmore sending Kieran Buchanan over the line for their opening try just two minutes into the contest.

After ten hard-fought minutes in the rain, the Vikings made the most of a Batley knock-on inside the home 20 when Matty Fozard sent Danny Craven running through to pull Widnes level.

The Bulldogs were back in front on 26 minutes, Alistair Leak getting over with a scoot at the bottom of the hill.

Batley made the most of the hill in the first half, scoring another through Michael Ward with four minutes until the hooter despite some arduous goal-line defence efforts from the Vikings.

Playing down the hill in the second period, Widnes pulled one back after just six minutes when Kenny Baker was sent crashing over.

The Vikings made the most of the slope just as much in the second period, Ste Tyrer finding space out wide next to pull Widnes within two points.

Just five minutes later, Widnes were at it again out on the right edge as Ryan Ince scored to put the Vikings in front for the first time in the game.

After some more stubborn goal-line defence from the Vikings, Joe Edge intercepted a shoot out wide with just a couple of minutes left to run the length of the field to close the contest at 18-24 and cap a fantastic performance from Widnes.

Widnes Vikings: Matt Fleming, Ryan Ince, Ste Tyrer, Luis Roberts, Kieran Dixon, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Adam Lawton, Matty Fozard, Owen Farnworth, Sam Wilde, Olly Davies, Liam Bent.

Interchanges: Joe Lyons, Joe Edge, Kenny Baker, Josh Johnson.

Tries: Danny Craven, Kenny Baker, Ste Tyrer, Ryan Ince, Joe Edge.

Goals: Ste Tyrer (2/3), Joe Edge (0/2).

Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Dale Morton, Josh Hodson, Kieran Buchanan, Jonny Campbell, Ben White, Tom Gilmore, James Brown, Ben Kaye, Martyn Reilly, Dane Manning, Lucas Walshaw, Nyle Flynn.

Interchanges: James Meadows, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward, Luke Blake.

Tries: Kieran Buchanan, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward.

Goals: Tom Gilmore (3/3).

Batley Bulldogs


Widnes Vikings

# Player Position TRY CON PEN DG
52. Ryan InceWing1000
99. Matty FozardHooker0000
1119. Sam WildeSecond-row0000
1717. Liam BentLoose Forward0000
183. Matt FlemingCentre0000
224. Joe EdgeCentre1000
305. Kieran DixonProp0000
 Total 5200