A LATE drop goal gave Batley Boys am 11-10 victory in the Yorkshire Men’s League Grand Final.
Batley Boys travelled to Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium as favourites having finished top of the table over the season, but were given a stern test and required Josh Scruton’s one-pointer to get the win.
The first 20 minutes were a tough battle as both sides shared tries a piece, with JJ Price touching down for Batley coming up the slope after a strong effort from the Batley forwards led by Gavin Davies, Rob Garforth, Josh O’Sullivan, Lewis Hardy and Aaron James, who collected the man of the match award.
Bentley struck again in the last 10 minutes of the first half, before Adam Bingham added a penalty goal just before half-time to narrow the deficit to four points going into the break.
Batley started the second half strong and had a try disallowed for offside from a Bingham kick which Luke Sheridan had collected.
Moments later Josh Knowles went close but was held up before Bingham’s kick to the corner was dropped by winger Scruton.
The breakthrough finally came as Ryan Crossley dived over from dummy half after O’Sullivan had gone yards short, although Bingham missed the conversion to keep the scores tied with four minutes remaining.
Batley’s collection of the kick off was safe as they made their way down the field before Bingham was twice wrapped up as he attempted the winning drop goal, but Scruton hit the ball sweetly over the posts to put Batley 11-10 up with two minutes left.
Bentley tried everything to put pressure on the Batley line, but they held out to collect the trophy and cap a wonderful season which has seen a Challenge Cup third round appearance, along with first-placed league finish and Grand Final victory.