Batley 48-16 Widnes



Widnes Vikings fell to defeat away to Batley Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, as a dominant second half from the hosts condemned them to a third straight defeat.

The Vikings raced into a 12-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes, with some great play by the forwards opening up Batley through the middle.

Kenny Baker came up with a great pass at the line to release Eribe Doro for the opener, with the on-loan prop forward having enough pace to find the line and score his first try for the club.

Baker went from provider to scorer soon after, with the second effort created by Paul Clough’s pass, which sent his team mate racing towards the try line for another six points.

The momentum shifted the way of the hosts in the middle stages of the first period, as they broke their deadlock through Johnny Campbell after he collected Luke Hooley’s chip over the top to score out wide.

The Bulldogs then went from one end of the field to the other from a kick return to set the platform for their second try, with Josh Tonks forcing his way over from close range a couple of plays later.

Dale Morton missed a chance to add two points from a penalty to level up the scores, before Ste Tyrer also dragged an effort at goal wide of the sticks.

With the final play of the half the Vikings added to their advantage though, with Shane Grady coming up with a half break before offloading to winger Owen Buckley, who produced an acrobatic finish at the flag.

Batley were level within five minutes of the restart, as Michael Ward charged through the line from 20 metres out to score.

Tries from Ben White, Dale Morton, Luke Hooley, Johnny Campbell and Jodie Broughton then saw the Bulldogs take a commanding lead.

In the final minute a try from Dane Manning from a tap penalty rubbed salt in the Vikings’ wounds to round off a comfortable win for the home side.

Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Johnny Campbell, Dale Morton, Jack Logan, Jodie Broughton, Den White, Tom Gilmore, Adam Gledhill, Ben Kaye, Jack Blagbrough, Kieran Buchanan, Dane Manning, Josh Tonks.

Interchanges: Elliot Hall, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward, James Brown.

Tries: Campbell 2, Tonks, Ward, White, Morton, Hooley, Broughton, Manning. Goals: Morton 6/10

Widnes Vikings: Joe Lyons, Deon Cross, Lloyd Roby, Ste Tyrer, Owen Buckley, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Paul Clough, Brad O’Neill, Eribe Doro, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson, Kenny Baker.

Interchanges: Lewis Else, Adam Lawton, Owen Farnworth, Will Tilleke.

Tries: Doro, Baker, Buckley. Goals: Tyrer 2/4




# Player Position TRY CON PEN DG
1717. Joe LyonsFullback0000
2020. Owen BuckleyWing1000
44. Ste TyrerCentre0200
1818. Lloyd RobyCentre0000
55. Deon CrossWing0000
66. Danny CravenHalfback0000
77. Matty SmithHalfback0000
88. Paul CloughProp0000
2828. Brad O’NeillHooker0000
2727. Eribe DoroProp1000
1111. Shane GradySecond-row0000
2929. Ellis RobsonSecond-row0000
1313. Kenny BakerLoose Forward1000
2323. Lewis ElseInterchange, Hooker0000
1212. Adam LawtonInterchange, Second-row0000
1616. Owen FarnworthInterchange, Prop0000
2424. Will TillekeInterchange, Prop0000
 Total 3200