Rovers stage great fightback to pip Batley

Featherstone's Ben Blackmore scored two second-half tries in a 23-16 win at Batley. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Featherstone's Ben Blackmore scored two second-half tries in a 23-16 win at Batley. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Will Sharp grabbed the winning try two minutes from time as Featherstone Rovers recovered from 16-0 down early in the second-half to maintain their 100 per cent away record in the Kingstone Press Championship with Sunday’s 23-16 victory at Batley Bulldogs.

Ben Blackmore scored two tries and former Australia and Samoa international Reni Maitua got a try on his debut as Rovers staged a magnificent fightback in a match watched by 916 spectators.

Featherstone played uphill in the first-half with driving rain in their faces.

They fell behind when Matt Fozzard went over and Cain Southernwood converted.

Sam Scott then crossed to put the Bulldogs 10-0 up before Shaun Ainscough grabbed their third try.

Leading 14-0 at half-time, Batley edged further ahead with a Southerwood penalty goal before Featherstone opened their account when a long pass by Paul Sykes put in Blackmore and Sykes kicked a touchline goal.

Jy Hitchcox and Ian Hardman then sent in Blackmore for his second to cut the gap to six points.

Maitua went over from a pass by Gareth Moore who converted to level the scores at 16-16.

Rovers got a late winner when Maitua’s clever pass put in Sharp.

Moore added a touchline goal before kicking a last minute drop goal to seal victory.