Batley Bulldogs v Keighley Cougars – Live Match Blog – In Association with A1 Stairlifts.
KINGSTONE PRESS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
Barrow Raiders 18-38 Featherstone Rovers
Batley Bulldogs 29-20 Keighley Cougars
Doncaster RL 20-12 North Wales Crusaders
Halifax RL 28-36 Leigh Centurions
Rochdale Hornets 20-16 Whitehaven
Swinton Lions 37-31 Dewsbury Rams
Workington Town 14-24 Sheffield Eagles
FULL TIME – Batley Bulldogs 29-20 Keighley cougars.
78 min – COUGARS TRY – Clever play by DJ is enough for James Haley to race over. DJ misses. Bulldogs 29-20 Cougars.
78 min – Leatherbarrow penalised for a ball steal. Cougars penalty.
77 min – Tiger with the short kick off from which Marchy wins a penalty.
76 min – BULLDOGS CONVERSION – Paterson with ease. Bulldogs 29-16 Cougars.
75 min – BULLDOGS TRY – Sloppy by Josh Lynam under the bomb, Josh Griffin breaks and sends Miles Greenwood in under the posts. Bulldogs 27-16 Cougars.
75 min – Rolo avoids a forward pass call, as does Haley. Cougars looking to break up the hill which they do with Paddy and Tiger.
74 min – The crowd, both sets of supporters mind, are losing patience with the match official.
73 min – Luke Haigh is held short on the last. Possession turnover to Batley.
73 min – Danny Jones takes the ball in a one and one. Cougars have the ball back.
73 min – The referee misses a blatant flop on Cozzy and a high tackle on Haigh. White held short of the line for possession turnover.
72 min – Cravo and Cozzy with some one-two offloads there to break the line.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (9/10) – Ross Peltier replaces Scott Law.
72 min – Batley knock in the tackle. Scrum to the Cougars.
71 min – Silly knock on. Batley scrum.
71 min – James Haley holds out John Davies on the last. Turnover of possession to the Cougars.
70 min – Cougars looking tired from the restart, Batley easing there way down the field.
69 min – BULLDOGS DROP GOAL – Simon Brown takes the one. Bulldogs 23-16 Cougars.
69 min – Good defensive play by Hesketh there to keep out the Batley attack.
68 min – Tiger puts his kick straight to touch. Batley scrum.
67 min – James Craven does fantastically well to get out of touch with his kick return.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (8/10) – Matthew Bailey is replaced by Luke Haigh.
65 min – Scrum to the Cougars following a Davies knock on.
63 min – Cougars doing well to hold out the Bulldogs.
61 min – Cougars earn a penalty, Tiger kicks to touch. Cougars on half way.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (7/10) – Brendon Rawlins and Sean Hesketh replace Neil Cherryholme and Lewis Graham.
59 min – Bulldogs penalty for offside, Leatherbarrow kicks and they have a set of six ten from the Cougars line.
58 min – The Cougars with a fantastic breaking move but Batley get the ball back from a Tiger kick.
57 min – Bulldogs are on the attack down the hill but Whitey collects and returns.
BULLDOGS INTERCHANGE (7/10) – Alex Rowe and Kyle Trout replaced by Byron Smith and Adam Gledhill.
55 min – BULLDOGS CONVERSION – Lee Paterson with an easy conversion. Bulldogs 22-16 Cougars.
55 min – BULLDOGS TRY – Great stuff by the Bulldogs as Rowe, who should be in the sin bin, sends Greenwood free and sends Leatherbarrow in under the posts. Bulldogs 20-16 Cougars.
BULLDOGS INTERCHANGE (5/10) – Sam Scott is replaced by John Davies.
54 min – Craven knocks on as the Cougars look to retake the lead. Batley scrum.
53 min – The referee halts the clock for a horrific challenge on Danny Jones. Incident is placed on report.
53 min – The Cougars win a penalty for a ball strip.
51 min – Great chase and return by Cravo from a Scotty kick.
50 min – COUGARS TRY – James Haley with a lovely executed offload to send Whitey over for his second. DJ with a poor conversion. Bulldogs 16-16 Cougars.
49 min – The Cougars are attacking the line now. James Haley and Scott Law both halted short of the line.
49 min – Tiger taken out again. The referee this time awards Cougars a penalty.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (5/10) – Peltier departs to be replaced by Judge.
47 min – Leatherbarrow collects a Tiger kick and the Cougars first attack of the half is over as quickly as it began.
46 min – BULLDOG CONVERSION – Paterson adds the extras. Bulldogs 16-12 Cougars.
45 min – BULLDOGS TRY – Josh Griffin is over for the Cougars. Always coming. Bulldogs 14-12 Cougars.
43 min – Great stuff by Cravo to halt the rampaging Ben Blackmore. Bulldogs started strongly this half.
42 min – Marchy penalised, Batley on the attack but Paterson’s wild pass reaches touch.
41 min – Should have been a penalty for a late shot on Tiger. Missed by the official.
KICK OFF – The Cougars are attacking uphill this half. Lee Paterson has us underway.
HALF TIME – Batley Bulldogs 10-12 Keighley Cougars.
40 min – BULLDOGS CONVERSION – Paterson’s effort just makes it. Bulldogs 10-12 Cougars.
40 min – BULLDOGS TRY – Batley keep the ball alive and sends Ben Blackmore racing over in the corner. Bulldogs 8-12 Cougars.
39 min – Richie touches down in his own goal. DJ drops out from under the posts.
38 min – Should have been a Batley penalty. Cougars getting away with one there.
38 min – Tiger’s kick goes straight into the hands of Miles Greenwood.
37 min – Wonder how long it will take Batley to realise you’ll need more than two to take down Peltier?
37 min – Paul March putting in a great defensive shift since replacing Haigh. Slowing down the Batley play fantastically.
35 min – BULLDOGS TRY – Batley do well on the last to avoid two tackles as Sam Scott goes over from a Leathebarrow pass. Lee Paterson slices the conversion. Bulldogs 4-12 Cougars.
34 min – Another Tiger kick reaches touch, but Batley are unable to take a quick tap this time.
33 min – And Sam Scott is tackled. Cougars have the ball back.
33 min – Batley held out, last tackle from ten metres out.
32 min – Batley penalty for obstruction by James Craven.
BULLDOGS INTERCHANGE (4/10) – Joe Chandler replaces John Davies.
31 min – Danny Jones breaks the line for the Cougars but knocks on as he attempts to offload to Bailey. Batley free play.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (4/10) – Matthew Bailey replaces Scott Law, Paul March is on for Luke Haigh.
30 min – Knock on by Scotty, nice to see he hasn’t lost his touch since joining Batley.
29 min – Great defence by the Cougars to hold out a rejuvinated Batley line.
29 min – Another Batley penalty, ten metres from the line.
BULLDOGS INTERCHANGE (3/10) – Jacob Fairbank is on to replace Mark Applegarth.
28 min – Knock on by Richie Barnett, scrum to the Bulldogs.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (2/10) – Rolo is off, to be replaced by Neil Cherryholme.
28 min – The Bulldogs break but James Craven does well to halt Kyle Trout.
27 min – Cougars are penalised for offside.
26 min – The referee misses a dangerous challenge on Brendon Rawlins. Should have been a Cougars penalty.
25 min – COUGARS CONVERSION – DJ adds the two again. Bulldogs 0-12 Cougars.
24 min – COUGARS TRY – Lewis Graham races over from the Tiger break to score. Bulldogs 0-10 Cougars.
23 min – Great stuff by the Cougars as Paul Handforth breaks the Bulldogs line.
COUGARS INTERCHANGE (1/10) – Ross Peltier is on for Sean Hesketh.
BULLDOGS INTERCHANGES (2/10) – Byron Smith and Adam Gledhill are replaced by Kyle Trout and Alex Rowe.
22 min – Richie does brilliant to avoid being trapped in goal.
21 min – Tiger opts to kick down the hill, in the wind, and the ball reaches touch. Quick tap on the twenty by Alex Brown.
21 min – Quick tap by the Rocketman on the twenty after Leatherbarrow’s kick reaches touch. Cougars back on the attack.
20 min – Luke Haigh loses the ball in the tackle. Possession to Batley.
19 min – Cougars look dominant from the restart and win a penalty for a ball steal on half way.
18 min – COUGARS CONVERSION – DJ adds the two. Batley Bulldogs 0-6 Keighley Cougars.
17 min – COUGARS TRY – James Haley is tackled on the line but gets the pass away to Paul White who scores in the corner. Bulldogs 0-4 Cougars.
17 min – Cougars penalty as Josh Lynam is the victim of a high tackle.
16 min – The Cougars win back possession from a forward pass.
15 min – Paddy loses the ball but the Cougars make a play for it, Bulldogs scrum ten metres from their own line.
14 min – Great ball steal by the Cougars in a one on one allows Cravo to break. Cougars now on the attack in the Bulldogs half.
13 min – Rolo breaks from a Tiger offload but his pass to Lynam is intercepted.
11 min – Sean Hesketh gives Luke Blake the quick brush away but loses the ball. Batley scrum.
9 min – Batley are over but Alex Brown’s effort is ruled out as he collects a Josh Griffin forward pass.
9 min – Batley have their first attack at the Cougars line, the lads doing well to hold out.
8 min – Sloppy by the Cougars, Batley penalty as they kick to touch.
7 min – Paul White wins a penalty for inteference in the tackle.
6 min – Great pressure by the Cougars put Scott Law knocks on, on the line, Batley take the free play.
5 min – Tidy grubber kick from Tiger to Lewis Graham is touched out by Leatherbarrow. Bulldogs dropout from under the posts.
4 min – Knock on in the tackle by the Bulldogs, Cougars scrum.
2 min – Paul Handforth is limping in back play, looks like an ankle injury. But opts to carry on.
1 min – Scott Law attempts a shirt swap a tidy seventy nine minutes early.
KICK OFF – Danny Jones gets us underway here at the LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium. It’s the Batley Bulldogs v Keighley Cougars!
14:00 – The sides will observe a minutes silence prior to kick off here this afternoon.
14:00 – Here come the Cougars! IT’S COUGARTIME!
13:59 – The Cougars will attack downhill in the first half.
13:57 – The sides are back in the changing rooms, it’s nearly go time here in Batley!
13:53 – REF WATCH – The official this afternoon here at Cougar Park is Mr W Turley.
13:46 – OLD FACES – The duo of Scott Leatherbarrow and Joe Chandler will make their first competitive appearances against the Cougars since leaving for Batley at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign.
13:33 – TEAM NEWS
A few changes for the Cougars this afternoon at the Bulldogs. Elliot Cosgrove replaces Danny Lawton who failed a late fitness test, Scott Law takes the place of Andy Shickell who is out with a stress fracture of the foot.
1 – James Craven
2 – Richie Barnett
3 – Elliot Cosgrove
4 – James Haley
5 – Paul White
6 – Danny Jones
7 – Paul Handforth (C)
15 – Scott Law
BLANK – Luke Haigh
10 – Sean Hesketh
11 – Josh Lynam
25 – Lewis Graham
12 – Brendon Rawlins
14 – Paul March
18 – Neil Cherryholme
24 – Matthew Bailey
32 – Ross Peltier
1 – Miles Greenwood
26 – Ben Blackmore (DR)
17 – Lee Paterson
28 – Josh Griffin
29 – Alex Brown (L)
BLANK – Simon Brown (L)
7 – Scott Leatherbarrow
8 – Byron Smith (C)
18 – Luke Blake
20 – Adam Gledhill
11 – John Davies
12 – Sam Scott
13 – Mark Applegarth
10 – Alex Rowe
19 – Joe Chandler
31 – Kyle Trout (L)
BLANK – Jacob Fairbank (DR)
DENOTES: (C) – Captain; (L) – Loan; (DR) – Dual Registration
13:30 – Good afternoon, and a warm welcome to a very windy LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium as the Cougars take on Jon Kear’s Batley Bulldogs.