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16 Jan, 2022

Brave Lionesses lose out to Red Devils

The Lionesses started the game brightly against Salford Red Devils and both teams made breaks that required excellent cover defence. Salford scored the first two tries to lead 0-8 at the break, a half in which the action ebbed and flowed throughout. The Lionesses were particularly unlucky not to be on the scoreboard by half time after showing some excellent ball handling in attack and a couple of breaks that were covered by some excellent scrambling defence by the Red Devils. In the second half, the Lionesses struck first after a period of sustained pressure to reduce the arrears to 4-8, with Centre Chloe Birkett going in on the right hand side. After the restart, the competitiveness of both teams was evident with both sides making crunching tackles. Unfortunately for the Lionesses young team already missing both half backs through Covid protocols, having to make 5 replacements throughout the game to all the spine players of full back, stand off, scrum half, hooker and loose forward with no further replacements available, added to players playing in unaccustomed positions. Energy levels were depleted and for the last 15 minutes the Red Devils took advantage scoring a further 4 tries 3 converted to give the scoreline a flattering look. The Lionesses who finished the game with 9 players under the age of 17 can hold their heads up high and the effort given from the first to last minute was outstanding and for many of the squad playing their first game of adult rugby league, it's safe to say this team will improve significantly and the team are looking forward to the league season which begins in March. Team: Maddie Higson Isabel Birds Chloe Birkett Ellie Walsh Catherine Sweeney Carla Taylor Ellie Thirkell Emily Haley Eve Ashcroft Helena Ryan Maddie Corrigan Abbie Parkes Holden Mia Atherton Patrycja Baranek Leah Christian Mollie Scotson Jo Mullins Holly Grimes

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15 Jan, 2022

Match Report – Salford Red Devils vs Swinton Lions

SALFORD RED DEVILS 48 SWINTON LIONS 12 IAN RIGG A J Bell Stadium Saturday The Red Devils came out on top as the two local rivals gave the crowd a good game on a freezing cold afternoon. Paul Rowley had quite a few injury worries in the build up to the game but fielded a strong side which worked well together and provided some good rugby and slick moves. Lions coach Allan Coleman fielded all but three of his squad and they all had good minutes on the field. The Lions started very strongly and asked quite a few questions of the Red Devils defence and Lewis Hatton and Mitch Cox both went close before the home side took the lead on twelve minutes when a good move down the left was finished off when Brodie Croft scored near the corner and his half back partner Marc Sneyd added the conversion from the touchline. Three minutes later they were in again when some slick passing sent Ryan Brierley away to score in the corner, but this went unconverted, and it got even better a couple of minutes later when the prolific Deon Cross went over for the third try but again no conversion for this one.  Sam Luckley and Jack Hansen then had good chances for there respective sides but they came to nothing before Ken Sio wasn’t going to be stopped on a run to the line knocking off four defenders on his way scoring in the right corner and Sneyd converted from the touchline and with five minutes left of the half former Lion Andy Ackers sold a nice dummy to score under the posts and this was again converted by Sneyd giving his side a nice lead at the break. As in the first half the Lions made a great start to the second half forcing two goal line dropouts in the space of a couple of minutes and on fifty-two minutes substitute Ben Heyes almost set up a try for Mike Butt when he put in a nice kick towards the corner, but the bounce of the ball evaded the chasing winger and ran dead. The Lions opened their account on fifty-five minutes when a hanging kick towards the Red Devils left side defence was not dealt with and Butt raced onto the loose ball to score near the corner and this was converted by Jack Hansen. Matt Costello hit back for the Red Devils virtually from the restart when he raced away down the right to score and this was converted by Chris Atkin.  Will Hope added the Lions second try just after the hour when some good passing saw him score between the sticks and this was converted again by Hansen and the noisy Lions fans were making themselves known getting behind their side. Again the Red Devils hit back quickly and a couple of minutes late Shane Wright exploited a large overlap on the left to score but the conversion from Atkin sailed wide and missed. Ackers added his second of the afternoon with fourteen minutes left and Atkin added the conversion to this one and five minutes later Rhys Williams finished off the scoring for the afternoon having been sent clear by Cross and Atkin converted to complete the impressive victory. GAMESTAR: Brodie Croft – The new halfback was in the engine room for many of the tries. GAMEBREAKER: Three Red Devils tries in a six-minute period gave them a good platform. MATCHFACTS RED DEVILS   1 Ryan Brierley 22 Rhys Williams 23 Deon Cross 24 Matt Costello   2 Ken Sio   6 Brodie Croft   7 Marc Sneyd 15 King Vuniyayawa   9 Andy Ackers   8 Sita Akauola 11 Shane Wright 13 Elijah Taylor 26 Sam Luckley Subs (all used) 25 Morgan Escare 18 Chris Atkin 30 Jack Stevens 10 Greg Burke 21 Josh Johnson 29 Alex Gerrard Tries: Croft (12), Brierley (15), Cross (18), Sio (29),  Ackers (35,66), Costello (58), Wright (64), Williams (71) Goals: Sneyd 3/5 , Atkin 3/4 LIONS   1 Dan Abram   2 Mike Butt   4 Max Roberts 11 Rhodri Lloyd   5 Richard Lepori   6 Lewis Else   7 Jack Hansen   8 Will Hope   9 Luke Waterworth 10 Lewis Hatton 13 Nick Gregson 12 Mitch Cox 20 Deane Meadows Subs (all used) 18 Paddy Jones 17 Jack Spencer 25 Lewis Charnock 24 Jordan Brown 23 Jordan Case 22 Ben Heyes 16 Louis Brogan 15 Billy Brickhill 19 Jose Kenga Tries: Butt (55), Hope (62) Goals: Hansen 2/2 SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0,10-0,14-0,20-0,26-0,26-6,32-6, 32-12,36-12,42-12,48-12. Penalty count: 2-6 Half-time:  26-0 Referee: James Jones Attendance:  1688

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