BATLEY BULLDOGS head coach John Kear labelled his side “pathetic” after losing 30-10 to an efficient Whitehaven team.
Despite Batley scoring the first and last tries of the game, Haven dominated for large spells and were good value for their convincing victory.
Bulldogs centre Lee Paterson opened the scoring before Whitehaven responded with tries from Shaun Ainscough, Chris Taylor and Craig Calvert before the break.
Further tries from Ainscough and prop Jordan Hand gave the Cumbrians a deserved lead before a late consolation from Batley’s Charlie Martin.
Kear was left far from pleased with his side’s performance. “We got what we deserved in the end of the day,” he said.
“The performance was pathetic and we’ve all got to take responsibility for it. It’s not fair on people who come week in, week out to see that sort of performance.”
Whitehaven caught the Bulldogs cold and crossed the line in the first 30 seconds, however Ainscough’s try was eventually disallowed for an apparent forward pass in the build up.
Batley responded immediately as Paterson latched onto a wayward pass by Haven’s Scott McAvoy and ran half the length of the pitch to score. Paterson missed the resulting conversion.
Whitehaven got themselves back into the game when Ainscough ran straight through the Bulldogs defence to touch down for the Cumbrian side.
Cain Southernwood kicked the extras to edge Haven ahead.
The visitors extended their lead 10 minutes later after a clever kick from Southernwood found Taylor to score. Southernwood made no mistake with his kick.
Following more good work on the Whitehaven left, winger Calvert bagged himself a try in controversial fashion as Jessie Joe Parker robbed the ball away from the Bulldogs to allow Calvert to go over.
Southernwood put his conversion between the posts and the Cumbrians were deservedly 4-18 up at the break.
After the break, Haven carried on where they left off with a high kick from Seymour landing to the impressive Ainscough to notch his second try of the game.
Southernwood again made up the extras.
Batley were running out of ideas and weren’t helped by some poor defending which allowed Hand to send an enthusiastic away following into song after Haven’s fifth try.
Southernwood’s kick again found the mark.
Martin did manage to get a consolation for the frustrated Batley crowd when he picked up a clever pass from Scott Leatherbarrow.
Paterson this time managed to add the extras.