The Bulldogs were back in action on Sunday against the Billingham Stars.
The Bulldogs had Captain Max Broadhurst back after a long layoff with a broken wrist and Lachlan Brownrigg making his home debut for the Bulldogs after his transfer from Manchester Phoenix in December. The first period was a scrappy affair with the Bulldogs constantly putting the Stars under pressure, the Bulldogs were not at their best but had more than enough to deal with a Stars team which lacked any depth. Max Broadhurst opened the scoring in the second minute with an assist from Josh Richardson. Goals followed from Lachlan Brownrigg, scoring his first for the Bulldogs in the sixth minute, Adam Barnes netted in the ninth, Lewis Baldwin hit a thunderbolt from the blue line in the eleventh minute, Josh Richardson netted twenty seconds later and Adam Barnes completed the scoring in the twelfth minute. The period ended 6-0 for Bradford.
The second period continued as the first with the Bulldogs having the majority of the chances however the Stars Net minder Callum Reynolds managed to keep the score down. The Bulldogs were not playing with the style we watched against Hull or Nottingham and were finding it hard to get their passing game going. Then in the twenty third minute Lachlan Brownrigg broke through the centre and one on one with keeper finished in style to make the score 7-0 to the Bulldogs. Kieran Brown added another in the twenty sixth minute with the period finally ending with the Bulldogs leading the game 8-0.
The third period started with the Bulldogs still in control but still struggling to find their passing game. The Stars were working hard and trying their best to find a way through. Then in the thirty fifth minute the Bulldogs got another well-deserved goal from the hard working Bob Boyden. The Stars sneaked a scrappy goal in the forty first minute when Ben Robinson netted a goal which was greeted like a Stanley Cup win from their players and supporters. The Bulldogs scored three more goals in the last three minutes two from Max Broadhurst and one from Ryan Kemp This Bulldogs team had more than enough to win this game even when not at their best.
Bradford Bulldogs 12 – Billingham Stars 1
Bradford’s Man of the Match – Lachlan Brownrigg