Keighley Cougars v Batley Bulldogs

Keighley Cougars 24 v 28 Batley Bulldogs (Kingstone Press Championship)

Following three defeats in a row and a disappointing collapse at Whitehaven last weekend, Keighley Cougars welcomed local rivals Batley Bulldogs to Cougar Park for another Yorkshire derby.

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John Kear’s side deserved to edge the game and dominated proceedings in the first-half against a Keighley side boasting no fewer than four ex-Bulldogs in their ranks. Sam Scott opened the scoring in the 5th minute, converted by Scott Leatherbarrow, who then added a further two points from a penalty on 9 minutes to extend the visitors’ lead to 0-8.

There was a brief rally from the Cougars on 17 minutes when half-back Danny Jones converted his own try to reduce the arrears, but a second try from Scott, accompanied by a score from Greenwood just prior to the break gave the Bulldogs a healthy 6-18 half-time lead.

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The half-time team talk must have been something special as the Cougars looked like a different team in the second half, Keighley scored three unanswered tries from Daley Williams, Richie Barnett and Jones’ second to edge into an unlikely 20-18 lead.

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The game then quarter of the game was end to end, Josh Griffin’s try eleven minutes from time saw the pendulum swing back in favour of Batley, who took a 20-22 lead, with just two minutes left on the clock Barnett went over for a try to give the Cougars a 24-22 lead and what looked to be the first win in three games.

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However in the last minute of play the bulldog’s went straight back up the field and Miles Greenwood’s scored a last-gasp heroic try to give Batley a 20-28 points win after the conversion to secure all three points.  Keighley will now travel to Sheffield Eagles on Sunday looking to get back to winning ways.

Match Details

Keighley Cougars – Craven, White, Haley, Williams, Barnett, Jones, Handforth, Shickell, Feather, Hesketh, Graham, Rawlins, Lindsay (Subs) Haigh, Sheriffe, Peltier, Lee

Batley Bulldogs – Greenwood, Finigan, Patterson, Griffin, Brown, Black, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Blake, Hirst, Bretherton, Applegarth, Scott (Subs) Nicholson, Rowe, Mullally, Chandler

Trys (Keighley) Jones (2), Williams, Barnett (2) (Batley) Scott (2), Greenwood (2), Griffin

Conversions(Keighley) Jones (2) (Batley) Leatherbarrow (4)

Attendance – 913

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