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Batley steam past Sheffield


Sheffield Eagles suffered a heavy 56-12 defeat to a dominant Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. 

James Davey and Oliver Davies were the Sheffield try-scorers. 

The Eagles attacked down the hill in the first half but could only put six points on the board, while Batley scored four tries up the slope. 

Greg Johnson notched a first half brace for the hosts before Dale Morton and Lucas Walshaw got on the scoresheet. 

Davey’s score came just shy of the half-hour mark to cut the deficit to four points but Batley had the best of the territory and that showed on the scoreboard at the break.

Half-time - Batley Bulldogs 20-6 Sheffield Eagles

Luke Hooley and Walshaw completed their braces as Batley extended their advantage to 38-6.

Davies’ try on the hour stopped the bleeding momentarily but that would prove to be the last score for the visitors. Josh Guzdek converted. 

Aaron Brown was shown a yellow card for a professional foul on Jonny Campbell with ten minutes to go, enough time for Batley to score three more tries. 

Nyle Flynn, Johnson and Campbell all touched down as the hosts surpassed 50 points. 

Full-time - Batley Bulldogs 56-12 Sheffield Eagles

By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman