Kear's Batley level with leaders Leigh

BATLEY BULLDOGS narrowly defeated Whitehaven for the second time in as many weeks at Mount Pleasant to keep themselves on track for a top four finish in the Championship.

Despite having the upper hand in the opening few minutes Batley went behind to a Chris Taylor try on six minutes but Scottish international David Scot levelled the scores with a touchdown for the hosts.

Adam Gledhill and James Brown then added further tries for the Mount Pleasant side and Pat Walker was accurate with the boot to give Batley a comfortable 16-6 lead at half-time.

After the restart James Coyle’s Cumbrian outfit were a different prospect and caused Batley huge problems in defence.

Three unanswered tries from Taylor, Craig Calvert and Dion Aiye gave the visitors the lead but Kear’s Batley have not known when they’re beaten in 2016 and Alex Brown scored to renew their hopes of a sixth league win of the season.

A drop goal from Grant Gore stunned the home crowd as Haven went ahead by a single point as the game neared its end but a penalty goal for the Bulldogs ensured that they keep their tremendous form going as they sit joint top of the Championship with Leigh Centurions.

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