BATLEY BULLDOGS built on last week's last-gasp victory against Keighley with a dominant display against North Wales Crusaders, winning 55-12 at Mount Pleasant, writes James Morris.
Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes due to the Crusaders team bus being delayed in traffic on the motorway – and the hold up certainly seemed to disrupt the Welsh outfit as they failed to capitalise on last week’s dramatic victory against Whitehaven.
Miles Greenwood continued his impressive try-scoring form as he bagged himself a hat-trick while Alex Brown scored a brace.
Batley were also aided with tries from Scott Leatherbarrow, Vinny Finigan, Sam Scott, Luke Blake and Byron Smith, with Leatherbarrow kicking six goals.
North Wales replied with tries from Dan Birkett and Toby Adamson, with Tommy Johnson converting both.
Delighted Batley coach John Kear said: “I thought we were brilliant, it was a real team effort. Some of the tries we scored were a joy to watch and I am delighted to not only get the three points today but also the performance.
“There were some really impressive performances today; Miles Greenwood with his tries and I also thought Scott Leatherbarrow was brilliant.”
The Crusaders conceded three tries without really getting their hands on the ball. Greenwood scored the first of his treble after a brilliant offload by Alex Brown to Luke Blake, who put the full back through a gap.
It was then Leatherbarrow’s turn to torment the Welsh side’s defence as he sidestepped past two defenders before rounding Johnson at full back and going in under the sticks.
Brown got his first when he climbed the highest to claim a Leatherbarrow kick.
North Wales were starting to get back into the game but they gifted the Bulldogs a try when Finigan intercepted a pass on his own line and went 95 metres up-field.
The Welsh side did get on the board right on the hooter when Birkett took a high Ashall kick in the corner.
Leatherbarrow got his second after a 40-20 before Scott barged his way over in the corner. Greenwood completed his hat trick with one of the tries of the match with some slick handling from Anthony Nicholson and Ben Black.
North Wales doubled their total when Stuart Reardon broke down the right hand side and offloaded to Adamson, but the Crusaders were tiring and it showed when Blake broke through some soft defence before Brown scored his second of the match when he backed up a Josh Griffin break down the left hand side.
Leatherbarrow put the gloss on the performance with a late one pointer.