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30 July 2018
Second-half tries from Josh Barlow, Aaron Hall and Mike Butt wasn’t enough as Batley condemned the Lions to defeat at Mount Pleasant in the final round of regular Championship fixtures.
Batley Bulldogs 40-18 Swinton Lions
The Lions finished their normal season with defeat on the slope at Batley with the home side winning their first game in ten outings, as Staurt Littler had to reshuffle his team owing to last minute injury problems.
Bulldogs took the lead on eleven minutes when Brad Day scored on the left after some penalty pressure and Dave Scott added the conversion, but the Lions came back three minutes later when Brad Billsborough converted a penalty goal.
The home side struck again scoring a second just after the midway point of the half when Jason Crookes went over on the left and again Scott added a second conversion. The Lions were finding hard and frustrating going up the slope in the first half and lost a few balls in good positions.
Batley then ran it two further tries in the final nine minutes of the half with James Harrison and Wayne Reittie both going over and Scott converting both to give them a convincing lead.
Swinton’s defence was breached within a minute of the restart when Harrison was allowed to gallop forty metres up hill to score under the posts and again the conversion was on target. The Lions then had a couple of chances going down the hill with Andy Thornley coming the closest but it was the Bulldogs who went further ahead when Scott raced through a huge gap to score under the posts to which he added the conversion.
Former Lion James Brown was placed on report by Referee Matt Rossleigh after fifty eight minutes and then Johnny Campbell added the next Bulldogs try in the left corner. Scott missed this conversion but in the build-up Jack Hansen claimed he had been bitten in a tackle and this also went on report.
The Lions hit back on sixty seven minutes when Josh Barlow broke through to score his second try in two weeks and Jack Hansen added the conversion.
Five minutes after this Rob Fairclough and Adam Gledhill were sent to the sin bin for fighting as tempers boiled not for the first time. Alex Rowe was then sent to the sin bin five minutes from time for an off the ball tackle on Chris Worrall and from the resulting penalty the Lions grabbed their second try when Jack Hansen kicked toward the posts and Aaron Hall raced onto the kick to score his first try for the club with Jack Hansen adding the conversion.
There was more to come when Hall broke through in the final minute to send Mike Butt over for the third try but Hansen could not convert this one as the hooter sounded.
Bulldogs: 1.Dave Scott, 2.Wayne Reittie, 3.Sam Smeaton, 4.Jason Crookes, 23.Johnny Campbell, 31.Louis Jouffret, 7.Dom Brambani, 8.Adam Gledhill, 9.Alistair Leak, 24.Tommy Holland, 11.Dane Manning, 13.Brad Day, 21.James Brown. SUBS: 20.Alex Rowe, 14.James Davey, 15. James Harrison, 19.Alex Bretherton.
Tries: Day (11), Crookes (22), Harrison (31, 41), Reittie (36), Scott (56), Campbell (62).
Goals: Scott 6/7
Lions: 7.Jack Hansen, 5.Mike Butt, 11.Rhodri Lloyd, 32.Joe Brown, 1.Gabriel Fell, 6.Brad Billsborough, 30.Rob Fairclough, 8.Andy Bracek, 14.Hayden Hansen, 10.Andy Thornley, 17. Kyle Shelford, 34. Macauley Davies, 13.Josh Barlow. SUBS: 15.Ben Austin, 33. Josh Ganson, 24.Aaron Hall, 21.Chris Worrall.
Tries: Barlow (67), Hall (76), Butt (79).
Goals: Billsborough 1/1, J.Hansen 2/3
Referee: Matt Rossleigh Pens: 8-11 HT: 24-2