Batley Bulldogs 50 London Skolars 16

19th February 2012

With a three week gap since their last pre-season friendly, Skolars came up against a strong Batley side and the infamous Mount Pleasant slope.

The side played up the slope it the first half and although they had some good possession early on with Lamont Bryan brushing aside tackles to get Skolars close to the line, when Gareth Potts intercepted to score for the home side, it was the first of seven tries in the first half.

The second try came from Paul Mennell, who broke through the defence with ease. Danny Maun then added two tries in quick succession, the second a move down the blind side from a scrum.

They extended their lead when Ian Preece caught a kick deep in his own half and swept past the defence to score. Further tries for Kris Lythe and Ben Black added to the agony, the latter coming seconds before the hooter sounded.

Batley won the competition two years ago and are used to coping with playing up the severe slope. Indeed they opened the scoring through Gareth Moore. However, Skolars started to attack with more confidence and got onto the scoreboard when Ade Adebisi jumped high to take an Andy McLean kick to touchdown.

Then Matt Thomas followed up another kick through to score Skolars’ second try. Danny Mills scored in similar fashion at the other end, before Martyn Smith gathered up a Skee grubber to score on his competitive debut for the club.

The game also featured competitive debuts for Lameck Juma, Andy McLean, Louis Robinson and Alex Bate. Juma became the 250th player to appear for the first team since the club entered the professional ranks in 2003.

BATLEY

1 Ian Preece

2 Gareth Potts

3 Jason Walton

4 Danny Maun

5 Danny Mills

6 Ben Black

7 Gareth Moore

8 Bryon Smith

9 Paul Mennell

10 Luke Menzies

11 Adam Scott

12 John Walker

13 Kris Lythe

 

Subs (all used)

14 Chris Buttery

15 Keegan Hirst

16 Mark Applegarth

17 Ash Lindsey

 

Tries: Potts (7), Mennell (13), Maun (19,23), Preece (27), Lythe(30), Black (40), Moore (51), Mills (70)

Goals: Moore 6/8, Mennell 1/1

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 James Anthony

2 Ade Adebisi

3 John Paxton

4 Joe Price

5 Lameck Juma

6 Andy McLean

7 Dylan Skee

8 Rob Thomas

9 Neil Thorman

10 David Williams

11 Matt Thomas

12 Ben Bolger

13 Lamont Bryan

 

Subs (all used)

14 Olly Purslow

15 Louis Robinson

16 Martyn Smith

17 Alex Bate

 

Tries: Adebisi (58), M Thomas (64), Smith (79)

Goals: Skee 1/2, McLean 1/1

 

Penalty count: 6-10

 

Half-time: 40-0

Referee: Warren Turley

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 12-0, 16-0, 22-0, 28-0, 34-0, 40-0, 46-0, 46-6, 46-10, 50-10, 50-16


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