Boys boosted by Bingham’s bright brace

Adam Bingham scored two tries on his return to the Batley Boys side following a broken arm.
Adam Bingham scored two tries on his return to the Batley Boys side following a broken arm.

Batley Boys returned to winning ways in the Pennine League Championship with a 22-12 success over King Cross Park last Saturday.

Both teams worked hard in attack and defence in the early stages but it was King Cross who took the lead with a converted try.

The Halifax side surprised Batley when another strong attack saw them break through for a second converted try.

Batley came back fighting with strong runs from the forwards with Mark Grayshon and Daniel Scales making good yards to take them upfield.

Mick Dyson broke through and sent Adam Bingham over for a try in his first match back after breaking an arm, Dyson missed the conversion.

Bingham had a second try disallowed for a double movement, while other penalty decisions went against the Boys.

The home defence remained solid to prevent King Cross from scoring further points but the Boys trailed 12-4 at half-time.

Batley started the second half with strong running from Nathan Lumb and Sean Whittaker, while Dan Winner took play downfield and set up a good field position for Bingham to nip over from hooker to score his second try.

Dyson converted to pull the Boys to within two points.

Batley maintained the pressure, putting the forwards through the gaps and had a further try from Mark Grayshon disallowed before Nathan Lumb was judged to have been held up over the line.

Further Batley pressure led to King Cross being penalised and Dyson levelled with the goal.

Good work from Ashley Slater, Gavin Davis and Lewis Hardy again put Batley on attack and Josh Whitehead made a break before offloading a perfect pass to put Aaron James over for a try, converted by Dyson.

Having got themselves in front, Batley maintained the pressure and a good break by Ryan Crossley saw him put Callum Haywood over for a try on his Boys debut to secure victory.

Batley’s man-of-the-match was Winner followed by Ryan Crossley and Aaron James, while top tackler was also Winner, followed by Mark Grayshon and James.

Batley welcome unbeaten Championship leaders Doncaster Toll Bar to Halifax Road on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm ).

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