Hat-trick hero Price steals limelight

BATLEY BOYS are top of Yorkshire Men’s League Division One following a convincing 62-10 win away at strugglers Heworth.

But it was the hosts who took the lead, before the Boys found their rhythm midway through the first half.

Aaron James was the man who scored the away side’s opening try before hooker Ryan Crossley put Batley in front with a touchdown of his own.

Robbie Bingham then added a third try for Batley in the corner.

Heworth hadn’t given up hope of finding a way back into the contest, narrowing their deficit with a second try.

But, the impressive Jay-Jay Price soon put further daylight between the two sides crossing the whitewash to give Batley a 22-10 lead at the interval.

In the second period Batley played with much more intensity as they looked to add to their lead.

The Boys scored four tries in the first 20 minutes of the second half with James getting his second before man of the match Price went over twice more to complete his hat-trick.

Josh Whitehead was also a try scorer early in the second period.

As well as playing attractive attacking rugby Batley also defended strongly in the second 40 as they put in an accomplished performance worthy of a team at the top of their division.

Adam Bingham went over late on to take his points tally for the game to 22 having also kicked nine goals before Dec Casey and Joe O’Hanlon rounded off the game’s try-scoring.

Batley travel to meet Skirlaugh Bulls A in their next league outing (Saturday June 25, 2.30pm).

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