IT WAS Dewsbury Celtic who came out on top in a first NCL derby clash with Batley Boys.
The match was given extra interest by the red-hot form of both sides, with Celtic taking 12 points from their previous seven games and the Boys doing even better with 13 out of a possible 14.
Only one side could take maximum points though and it was the home side who claimed the win to end their rivals’ unbeaten run.
Man of the match Paul Foulstone got Celtic on their way with two tries in the opening 10 minutes and Pat Foulstone added a conversion for a 10-0 lead.
Batley hit back for the first time midway through the half as Jack Bestwick touched down, giving them some hope.
However, their task looked much tougher by the break as Billy Yarrow went in for a converted try which took Celtic to a 16-4 half-time lead.
They managed to bring the difference back down to one score when Adam Bingham scored the try and converted himself seven minutes into the second half.
However, further tries from James Walker and Pat Foulstone saw Celtic seal an impressive victory over their neighbours.
The tight nature at the top of Division Three means that Celtic still remain in third place, level on points with both Woolston Rovers and Hunslet Warriors but with an inferior points difference.
They are back on their own patch to take on lowly Gateshead Storm tomorrow (Saturday), while fifth-placed Batley Boys are also at home to fourth-placed Waterhead Warriors, with both games kicking-off at 2.30pm.