Sweet revenge for Rovers as new boss continues winning start

Greg Worthington was on the scoresheet in Featherstone's win at Batley on Sunday. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Greg Worthington was on the scoresheet in Featherstone's win at Batley on Sunday. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Featherstone Rovers continued their winning start under new head coach Andy Hay with Sunday’s 32-26 victory at Batley Bulldogs.

Featherstone’s six-try display gave them revenge for a 21-20 defeat against the Bulldogs when the sides last met in the Championship play-offs last season.

Early tries from Greg Worthington and Ben Hellewell put Rovers in control before Ben Blackmore’s opened Batley’s account.

Matty Dale marked his comeback from a broken hand by scoring to give Featherstone a 16-8 lead at half-time.

In the second-half, early tries from on-loan Danny Bridge and Ian Hardman increased the visitors’ lead before Blackmore bagged his second.

Jack Bussey’s try out wide sealed victory for Featherstone but the Bulldogs earned a bonus point with late tries from Lee Paterson and Alex Rowe.

Batley Bulldogs: Greenwood, Finigan, Paterson, Griffin, Blackmore, Black, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Blake, Mullally, Bretherton, Chandler, Davies. Substitutes: Rowe, Nicholson, Gledhill, Leary.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman, Sharp, Worthington, Mendeika, Hellewell, Kain, Moore, Crossley, Ellis, Green, Cording, Spears, Lockwood. Substitutes: Bussey, Bridge, Trout, Dale.