Bulldogs show too much bite for Barrow
Batley Bulldogs 32 Barrow Raiders 12
IT was bad day at the office for Barrow Raiders in West Yorkshire on Sunday.
After making the best of starts at Batley Bulldogs, Barrow were, in many ways, the architects of their own downfall as they allowed the home side time, space and opportunity to take advantage, which they readily accepted.
Looking good at 12-0 up following tries from Ryan Fieldhouse and Alec Susino, both converted by Jamie Dallimore, the visitors positive start left Batley still in the starting blocks.
But when Barrow allowed Batley a whiff of a chance they pounced to make the most of any opportunity which came their way.
A punishing blow saw Batley close the gap to just six points when Brad Day sliced through and Patch Walker kicked the first of four conversions.
Still Barrow, at this stage, showed lots of spirit with Susino almost rewarded with a second try until a desperate challenge on the line resulted in him losing the ball.
Some could argue this changed the whole tempo of the game – it certainly worked in favour Batley who made the most of the let off.
Gaining in confidence Batley began to punish any slight error, and once the huge side built up a head of steam there was really only one team in it with Barrow unable to contain the building pressure.
Batley drew level through Dave Manning’s converted try and took the lead when Dominic Brambini’s clever crossfield kick on the final tackle saw Wayne Reittie leap high to grab the ball and dive over the line
With the notorious slope on the one time Mount Pleasant ground – now named the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium – in their favour in the second half there was no holding a rampant Batley as they battered Barrow from the off.
Day was the first to pounce, touching down soon after the restart, and Dave Scott added two further tries to secure the win.
Barrow looked to restore some pride against the huge West Yorkshire outfit, but try as they might were unable to find any further openings in the tough encounter which saw sin bins towards the end for Dean Parata and Batley’s Joe Chandler.
After their bright start to the season with a draw against Toronto Wolfhound and a win over Leigh Centurions, Barrow will have learned valuable lessons in Batley that life in the Championship is no easy ride.
That harsh education could work in their favour as Barrow ready themselves for another tough encounter when Dewsbury Rams – 20-0 winners over Swinton Lions – head to the JF Hornby Stadium on Sunday.
BATLEY BULLDOGS: Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Danny Cowling, Jason Crookes, Shaun Ainscough, Patch Walker, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, Dane Manning, Brad Day, Tom Holland. Subs (all used): Tom Hemmingway, Joe Chandler, Michael Ward, James Brown.
BARROW RAIDERS: Ryan Fieldhouse, Shane Toal, Jarrad Stack, Declan Hulme, Brett Carter, Jamie Dallimore, Karl Ashall, Ryan Duffy, Dean Parata, Alec Susino, Danny Morrow, Bradd Crellin, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Nathan Mossop, Joe Bullock, Tom Walker, Glenn Riley.
Referee: G Dolan.