Reittie and Squires help Batley beat winless Dons

Reittie and Squires help Batley beat winless Dons

Batley Bulldogs ended a run of seven successive defeats with a comfortable 34- 6 win over Doncaster at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Tries from Alex Brown, Shaun Squires and Tom Lillycrop put the Bulldogs 16 points ahead after half an hour and, as half-time approached, a Wayne Reittie brace left Doncaster 24 down at the interval and ended the game as a contest.

The Dons improved in the second period but the damage was already done, with further tries from Cain Southernwood and Squires taking Batley past the 30-point mark before former Bulldogs half-back Paul Mennell scored a late consolation.

Batley head coach John Kear paid tribute to his players after his side’s biggest league win of the season.

“The players have stuck together in a tough period for us,” he said.

“We’ve been producing good performances in the last few weeks but haven’t been getting the results we want, but the players got the result they deserved today.

“We were excellent in the first half. The weather spoiled the quality of our play in the second period, but we’re up to ninth in the table now which better reflects where we are as a team. Hopefully we can kick on from here.”

In dry conditions, the tense crowd witnessed a nervous start from both sides as errors dominated the play. But Batley were first to show signs of confidence with their powerful left edge causing problems.

Brown squandered an early chance but was not to be denied shortly afterwards, stepping his way past Sam Doherty to touch down in the corner.

And the home side were in again only minutes later as Squires stretched his ample frame over the line to finish a slick right-to-left move.

The Dons’ errors continued as they desperately looked for a foothold, but Batley were in clinical mood and extended their lead to 16 points as Tom Lillycrop ripped his way through the Dons’ defence to go over from 15 metres for a converted score.

Despite playing up the notorious slope at Mount Pleasant, the home side’s dominant first half performance continued as the minutes ticked down to the break with Reittie notching a quickfire double.

His first, on 37 minutes, was born out of sheer determination as he launched himself downfield to follow up Scott Leatherbarrow’s pinpoint kick to the corner, before he coasted in out wide on the hooter to leave his side 24-0 up at half-time.

Kear's men flew out of the blocks after the interval and hit 30 points for the first time in the league since February after Southernwood scored one of the tries of the season.

The ball moved through no fewer than six pairs of hands as the home side swept 70 metres downfield, their left edge proving decisive as they combined well to send the supporting stand off over.

Driving rain then began to dictate play as the frequency of errors from both sides increased once again, but Batley went in on the hour through Squires to firmly seal the points, meaning Mennell’s late score, while impressive – following his own precise kick – had little impact on the outcome.

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