Rovers go three points clear at top

Rovers lost the injured Andy Kain midway through the second-half.
Rovers lost the injured Andy Kain midway through the second-half.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers opened up a three-point lead in the Co-operative Championship thanks to a nailbiting 24-18 win over third-placed Batley Bulldogs.

Tommy Saxton bagged the winning try four minutes from time as Rovers ground out a hard-earned win.

Rovers were well below their best but they stuck to their task to win on their sixth successive visit to Mount Pleasant.

Although they made uncharacteristic unforced errors and struggled to find their usual fluency, they kept their comporure to edge out battling Batley.

Featherstone overcame the loss of Andy Kain with a groin injury midway through the second-half.

It took Rovers 31 minutes to open the scoring through Jon Grayshon and they were never able to shake off their plucky opponents.

George Flanagan brought the Bulldogs level on the stroke of half-time and fellow substitute Adam Robinson plunged over six minutes into the second half to put them in front for the first time.

Featherstone half-back Kain created a try for Kirk Netherton and then went over himself as the visitors regained the upper hand and, although a Dane Manning try tied the scores again, Rovers winger Saxton went over for the match-winner in the 76th minute.