28th February 2019, 19:17
Match Preview - Eagles v Bulldogs
Sheffield Eagles will be looking to continue their perfect start to the 2019 season when Batley Bulldogs visit the Olympic Legacy Park tomorrow night.
The Eagles have three wins from three in 2019, most recently turning over John Kear’s Bradford Bulls at the OLP.
The home side showed great character under the lights, running out 24-10 winners after trailing 10-0.
Ross Oakes and Ethan Ryan notched the Bulls tries in the first half as they went into a two-score advantage.
Josh Gudzek crossed the whitewash on 25 minutes before the Eagles took control of the game with three tries after the break.
James Green was sent off for almost elbowing Ben Blackmore in the head when the winger had been held. Blackmore was also sin-binned for the following melee.
James Glover’s try, converted by Pat Walker, put the Eagles in front and that came off the back of a mammoth run from Ryan Millar.
Brad Knowles notched his first four-pointer in Eagles’ colours before Jamaican international Joel Farrell sealed the win in front of another record crowd of 1,711 spectators at the OLP.
Friday’s visitors will be hoping to build on their narrow victory over fellow slow starters Rochdale Hornets.
Former Hornets’ centre Lewis Galbraith crossed twice for Matt Diskin’s side before winger Wayne Reittie crossed the Rochdale line on 71 minutes.
The 18-12 win at the Fox’s Biscuit’s Stadium was Batley’s first two points of 2019 after losses to Barrow Raiders, Featherstone Rovers and Halifax RLFC.
One To Watch – Dave Scott
It was difficult to pick a “One to Watch” as Batley boast Championship experience in many areas of their side. However, for mine, former Doncaster full-back Dave Scott is one to keep your eyes on.
The 25-year-old is solid under a high kick, as well as an excellent goal kicker, and the Scotsman often supports Batley’s line breaks with his exceptional speed.
By Lewis Coleman