Dismal 'Dogs thrashed by Featherstone

Dismal 'Dogs thrashed by Featherstone

BATLEY BULLDOGS suffered a heavy loss as Featherstone ran in 10 tries to take a 52-6 victory and retain second place, writes Dave Storey.

Andy Kain got off his sick bed to give a man of the match display as Featherstone retained second place with a 10-try spree.

Kain, who missed training on Saturday through illness, was at the hub of all Featherstone’s best work and his half back partner Gareth Moore was also a key contributor.

Moore scored a try and kicked five goals to notch his 1,000th career point against his former club.

Greg Worthington and Jason Crookes chipped in with two tries apiece as Rovers maintained their unbeaten home record under coach Andy Hay.

Batley coach John Kear described his side’s display as “unacceptable.”

“It was most un-Batley-like from everyone concerned,” he said.

“The thing that concerned me was that, when Featherstone scored early in the second half, it just seemed to break us completely and we just collapsed in a sea of indifference.

“It was very concerning. After a week when we felt we’d played pretty well against Halifax, we’ve come up with an absolute stinker of a performance.”

Batley’s defence was caught out after just two minutes when Moore sent in Worthington at the corner.

With hooker Andy Ellis and half backs Kain and Moore dictating play, Featherstone continued to make all the running.

It was no surprise then when they shot further ahead, Ellis taking James Mendeika’s pass to finish a delightful 50-yard move.

Ian Hardman did well to collect Scott Leatherbarrow’s kick close to the try-line as the Bulldogs applied further pressure, but the visitors then fell further behind when Rovers broke upfield and Worthington forced his way through for his second try after 28 minutes.

Featherstone struck again three minutes later when Andy Bostock and Will Sharp made the opening for ex-Batley hooker George Flanagan to dart over.

They made it 24-0 on the stroke of half-time when Hardman put in Crookes for his first.

Alex Bretherton was stopped inches short of the try-line as Batley started the second half in determined fashion.

Rovers survived further pressure before they increased their lead when slick play by Kain and Hardman saw Mendeika cross.

Trailing 30-0, the Bulldogs finally opened their account when Leatherbarrow set up their only try – scored by Mark Applegarth and goaled by Lee Paterson.

Faal and Sam Scott linked in a promising move as Batley threatened again but any lingering hopes they may have had of collecting a bonus point quickly disappeared when Rovers prop Matt James bulldozed his way over.

Moore then scooped up a loose ball to score, Kain and Mendeika sent in Crookes for his second and Kain completed the rout by capitalising on Moore’s neat kick in the final minute.

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