THE LIONS FOUNDATION’S HUGE SWINTON SUCCESS!

Last Thursday (17 July) the Swinton Lions Community Sports Foundation hosted an inaugural 7-a-Side Rugby League Festival for Swinton based primary schools, which was organised specifically for children in years three and four.

This fantastic event took place at Folly Lane ARLFC in Pendlebury, and featured twelve teams. The tournament was the cumulation of a six week’s free coaching programme, which was embraced by six Swinton & Pendlebury Primary Schools. The programme enabled over 300 young people between the ages of seven and nine, half of whom were girls, to take part in Rugby League activity for the first time.

All in all it was a fantastic afternoon, with the children also getting to know Dana the Lion as well as being made familiar with Folly Lane’s superb community facilities and therefore note the opportunity to play the sport into the future. And who knows, it was the making of a few new Swinton Lions fans as well!

LIONS STUN SHEFFIELD EAGLES!

SHEFFIELD EAGLES 22 SWINTON LIONS 34

IAN RIGG at Olympic Legacy Park, Sunday 14 July 2024

Swinton Lions made it back-to-back wins with a great performance against the high-flying Eagles. Gav Rodden put the Lions ahead in the second minute when he collected a loose ball near his own line to race away and score under the posts at the other end with Dan Abram converting. Eagles hit back seven minutes later when the impressive Joel Farrell scored on the left and Cory Aston locked the scores with the conversion. Eddie Battye and Titus Gwaze had chances, but the defence frustrated them. Eagles were getting in good positions but time and again opportunities were not taken. The Lions next chance came on twenty-three minutes when Jordy Gibson went close but was caught offside. Rodden added his second try fourteen minutes from the break when Gibson set him up and he scored under the posts with Abram converting again. Eagles forced a goal line drop-out just after the restart but again the Lions defence was on top and with seconds to go to the half time hooter Ant Walker crashed in by the posts for his first Lions try and Abram converted.

Eagles made a bright start to the second half and had a couple of chances but again the Swinton defence was on top. The Lions scored their next try on fifty minutes when again Walker crashed over by the posts and again Abram converted. Jayden Hatton then had a chance, but he was just ankle tapped near the line, but it was Eagles who scored next when Joel Farrell fed Matty Dawson-Jones who raced in at the corner and Aston converted to bring them within two scores. George Roby was then held up twice before Isaac Farrell crossed for Eagles on sixty-four minutes, but the conversion drifted wide. There was a referee change on sixty-seven minutes when Scott Mikalauskas picked up a leg injury and he was replaced by Nick Bennett. Battye had a chance then for Eagles but lost the ball near the line and the Jordan Case was held up for the Lions, but it was the visitors who went further ahead three minutes from time when Roby put in a nice short kick for Gibson to race on to and score but Abram hit the post with this one. Eagles added a further try with just over a minute left when Aston kicked towards the posts and Gwaze took it to score under the posts and Aston converted again. With twelve seconds left on the clock the Lions added their final try when Eagles lost the ball from the kick-off and Jake Spedding collected the rolling ball to score under the posts with Abram converting.

LIONS
1 Dan Abram
25 Richard Lepori
3 Jake Spedding
4 Jayden Hatton
5 Rhys Williams
16 Lewis Hall
7 Jordy Gibson
36 Jordan Brown
9 George Roby
20 Jack Houghton
11 Gav Rodden
21 Andy Badrock
12 Mitch Cox

Subs (all used)
28 Brad Hammond
24 Jordan Case
8 Liam Cooper
26 Ant Walker

Tries: Rodden (2,26), Walker (40,50), Gibson (77), Spedding (80)
Goals: Abram 5/6

EAGLES
1 Matty Marsh
2 Ben Jones-Bishop
3 Kris Welham
23 Bayley Liu
5 Matty Dawson-Jones
6 Cory Aston
19 Izaac Farrell
8 Eddie Battye
9 Vila Halafihi
10 Tyler Dickinson
11 Connor Bower
12 Joel Farrell
13 Titus Gwaze

Subs (all used)
15 Evan Hodgson
18 Aaron Murphy
22 Kyle Wood
27 Jesse Sene-Lefeo

Tries: Joel Farrell (9), Dawson-Jones (56), Izaac Farrell (64), Gwaze (79)
Goals: Aston 3/4

Penalty count: 8-6
Half-time: 6-18
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas & Nick Bennett
Attendance: 1063

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 6-12,6-18, 6-24,12-24,16-24,16-28,22-28,22-34

LIONS’ COMEBACK SECURES VICTORY OVER WIDNES!

SWINTON LIONS 24 WIDNES VIKINGS 12

IAN RIGG Heywood Road, Sunday 7 July 2024

Swinton Lions bounced back up off the canvas to stun the Vikings with a fantastic performance especially in the second half. Despite again not scoring in one half of rugby the Lions played some vintage stuff in the second half to nil their opponents and claim the valuable points. It was a bright start for both sides and they both had early use of the ball, but it was the Vikings who opened the scoring on sixteen minutes when Danny Langtree went over on the right after pressure on the line and Tom Gilmore converted. Their second try came four minutes later when they forced a goal line drop out and Lewis Hall kicked short from under the posts and Vikings got the ball back with former Lion Nick Gregson crashed over on the right and again Gilmore converted. They forced another drop out a few minutes later but Rhodri Lloyd was unable to control the ball and the Lions got it back and from this Dan Okoro made a seventy metre break up centre field but ran out of support. George Roby was sent to the sin-bin just after the half hour but the Vikings could not capitalise, and poor handling handed the ball back to the Lions. In the dying seconds of the half Jack Owens tried a field goal, but it sailed wide.

Just after the restart and following a Widnes scrum deep in the Lions’ half, the ball was thrown out wide to the right and the impressive Rhys Williams intercepted it to race ninety metres to score and Dan Abram converted. This seemed to kickstart the Lions into action and a few minutes later Owens fumbled a high kick in his own ten and the pressure on the line saw Rodden cross on the left and Abram converted to lock the scores. The next try followed quickly when the Vikings were penalised for offside in their own twenty and from resulting pressure some good passing saw former Viking Jayden Hatton score on the left, but Abram was unable to convert. Ben Hartill then went close after a one-on-one ball steal but lost the ball near the line. After another penalty to the Lions on seventy-one minutes for a dump in the tackle and Abram added the penalty points and Sam Brooks was sent to the sin-bin. Vikings then tried the short kick off which didn’t come off as the Lions went back downfield. Another penalty to the Lions with four minutes left for holding down and Abram was on target again, and with two minutes left a great bit of play down the left saw Rodden break and draw Lloyd Roby before sending Williams over in the corner for his second try. Abram could not convert this one but the game was won, and the final hooter sounded a few seconds later.

LIONS
1 Dan Abram
25 Richard Lepori
3 Jake Spedding
4 Jayden Hatton
5 Rhys Williams
16 Lewis Hall
29 Kai Morgan
31 Dan Okoro
9 George Roby
20 Jack Houghton
11 Gav Rodden
21 Andy Badrock
13 Mikey Wood

Subs (all used)
35 Ben Hartill
12 Mitch Cox
33 Leon Cowen
24 Jordan Case

Tries: Williams (46,78), Rodden (53), Hatton (61)
Goals: Abram 4/6
Sin-bin: Roby (31) use of elbow

VIKINGS
1 Jack Owens
20 Mike Butt
25 Keanan Brand
11 Rhodri Lloyd
21 Ollie Brookes
6 Joe Lyons
7 Tom Gilmore
15 Liam Kirk
9 Matty Fozard
31 Dan Murray
19 Sam Wilde
12 Danny Langtree
13 Nick Gregson

Subs (all used)
14 Jordan Johnstone
10 Sam Brooks
17 Liam Bent
27 Louis Brogan
24 Lloyd Roby

Tries: Langtree (16), Gregson (20)
Goals: Gilmore 2/2
Sin-bin: Brooks (71) tip tackle

Penalty count: 5-6
Half-time: 0-12
Referee: Liam Rush
Attendance: 1,069

STYLISH LIONESSES OVERCOME LEIGH MINERS!

Swinton Lionesses 26 Leigh Miners Rangers 4

Alan Dixon at Westhoughton Lions ARLFC

The Lionesses winning ways continued with a hard fought victory over Leigh Miners ladies at The Den.

Leigh fumbled the kick-off, but the Lionesses couldn’t capitalise on the mistake. This set the tone for the opening quarter as both teams squandered possession with mistakes. A good run by Emma Dwyer in the 12th minute earned the Lionesses a penalty. They were unable to capitalise as the move ended with a knock on. Leigh’s best chance came in the 15th minute. Hollie Gregory weaved her way downfield but her pass out wide ended in a knock on. After a penalty, the Lionesses put pressure on Leigh’s line. A bad pass handed possession over. Leigh quickly moved the ball downfield with another good run from Hollie Gregory. The ball was moved across the field for Kirsty Millington to score near the posts on 20 minutes . Hollie Gregory missed the conversion.

Five minutes later, the Lionesses were back on the attack. A good run by Mollee-Anne Pickering set up good field position. From the play the ball, the ball was moved out wide to Alexsis Smith who cut back inside to score. Jodie Morris was unable to add the extras. The Lionesses were back on the attack 7 minutes later. After a good run by Emily Haley, the ball was kicked through but Leigh managed to get possession of the ball. From the play the ball, good tackling by Jodie Morris and Alexsis Smith forced Leigh to be tackled behind the line for a drop out. The Lionesses took the lead in the 36th minute. From a scrum near their own line, they moved the ball up towards the half way line. A quick play the ball enabled Libby Clarke to burst through Leigh’s defensive line and round the full back on a 55 metre run to score under the posts. Jodie Morris converted to give the Lionesses a 10-4 half time lead.

Leigh almost scored in the 44th minute. The ball was moved out to the wing but Francesca Boyham knocked on. From the resulting scrum, the Lionesses were awarded a penalty for a late hit. This allowed the Lionesses to move the ball downfield with good runs by Lucy Baggaley and Mollee-Anne Pickering. The ball was then moved out to Aimie Toher who ran 20 metres to score. The conversion was missed and the Lionesses now led 14-4 after 46 minutes. Leigh’s restart went on the full. The resulting penalty gave the Lionesses good field position to attack the line. Jodie Morris was held up over the line. The ball was then moved across the field to Tyler Moses, but she knocked on whilst being tackled as she tried to score in the corner. The Lionesses scored again in the 54th minute. They went back on the attack and a good pass by Emma Dwyer put Aimie Toher through a gap to run 15 metres to score. Jodie Morris converted to extend the lead to 20-4.

Leigh went back on the attack but knocked on close to the Lionesses line in the 61st minute. From the scrum, the ball was given to Ellie Walsh who broke through 4 tackles on a 90 metre run to the line to score. Jodie Morris converted for a 26-4 lead. Five minutes later, Leigh lost possession of the ball on half way. Ellie Walsh collected the loose ball, but she knocked on as she was being tackled just short of the line. Leigh’s Niamh O’Connor was sin binned nine minutes from time for a late hit.

Swinton Lionesses:
Erin Tong, Tyler Moses, Ellie Walsh, Libby Clarke, Alexsis Smith, Mollee-Anne Pickering, Ellie Costello, Aimie Toher, Lottie Meacham, Lucy Baggaley, Jodie Morris, Emily Haley, Emma Dwyer.
Subs: Kyla Toher, Tiffany Ho, Lydia Elstone, Sophie Baird, Catherine Sweeney, Laura Bent, Chloe Lyons

Tries: Smith (25), Clarke (36), A. Toher (46, 54), Walsh (61)
Goals: Morris 3

Leigh Miners Rangers:
Hollie Gregory, Louise Boardman, Francesca Boyham, Maddie Higson, Abigail Hunt, Lily Jones, Kirsty Millington, Cara Williamson, Kaitlin Clarke, Jessica Farnell, Anna Croft, Niamh O’Connor, Victoria Rosevere.
Subs: Jodie Moncur, Jade Mapp-McKenzie, Abbie Gregory, Penny Rothwell Mason, Courtney Browne, Rebekah Calland, Charlotte Hall

Try: Millington (20)

Penalties: 9-4

LEAD LOST AT DONCASTER

DONCASTER 18 SWINTON LIONS 8

IAN RIGG at Millenium Stadium, Saturday 29 June 2024

Doncaster got back to winning ways with three second half tries to condemn the Lions to another defeat and yet another game where they only scored points in one half or Rugby which has happened for the last four games. It looked like the Lions were going to score with virtually their first attack when Jake Spedding broke down the right to draw the defence and send an inside pass to Mitch Cox, but he was unable to control the pass and the chance went. Brett Ferres was sent to the sinbin for a dangerous tackle on fifteen minutes and the Lions were awarded a penalty in their own half and from this they launched and attack in the Doncaster half and a minute later Pauli Pauli was also sent to the sinbin for another dangerous tackle this time on Lewis Hall. The Lions with the two-man advantage were desperate to make the home side pay and a good passing movement saw full back Joe Purcell cross on the left and narrow the angle for Dan Abram to convert. From the restart more pressure on the line saw Jack Stevens break towards the posts but an ankle tap from Connor Robinson was enough to stop the momentum. Williams then had a try cancelled out for a knock on in the twenty-fifth minute when he dived for the corner after a Josh Guzdek mistake in his own twenty. The first real Doncaster attack up the slope came on twenty-seven minutes when Suaia Matagi found himself ten metres from the line but lost the ball with no pressure on him. A Doncaster player was placed on report by referee Cameron Worsley on the half hour for what looked a dangerous challenge on Cox and then they had another good attack but again lost the ball. Abram put his side further ahead three minutes from the break for an off the ball challenge during a promising build up.

Another good start for the Lions in the second half but nothing came of it before Watson Boas had a try cancelled out for a forward pass, they did however open their scoring on fifty minutes when Reece Lyne crossed after good build up on the right and Robinson converted. Doncaster were now getting the upper hand and the Lions defence was being stretched before Bureta Faraimo scored on the right after a nice, angled run and again Robinson made no mistake with the kick to put his side in command. The Lions tried to hit back and good play up the right involving Jonny Vaughan, Spedding and Matty Chrimes almost ended with points on the board, but Craig Hall got there just in time to stop the danger. A second Doncaster player was placed on report on sixty-seven minutes for another dangerous tackle this time on Lewis Hall who had to leave the field a few minutes later. The final Doncaster try came from a Lions attack when they went close, but a wild pass went to Lyne, and he cleared the line and a few minutes later a nice kick to the corner found Tom Halliday and he crossed in the right corner and Robinson converted off the touchline. Robinson missed a forty-five-metre penalty in the last five minutes of the game but by then the points were in the bag.

LIONS
23 Joe Purcell
2 Matty Chrimes
3 Jake Spedding
4 Jayden Hatton
5 Rhys Williams
18 Jack Stevens
1 Dan Abram
13 Mikey Wood
31 Jake Burns
37 Ant Walker
29 Jonny Vaughan
12 Mitch Cox
16 Lewis Hall

Subs (all used)
9 George Roby
24 Jordan Case
36 Jordan Brown
21 Andy Badrock

Try: Purcell (17)
Goals: Abram 2/2

DONCASTER
1 Josh Guzdek
30 Bureta Faraimo
4 Reece Lyne
23 Jason Tali
2 Tom Halliday
19 Craig Hall
7 Connor Robinson
20 Brad Knowles
15 Joe Lovodua
10 Suaia Matagi
27 Brett Ferres
16 Pauli Pauli
31 Nathan Wilde

Subs (all used)
3 Brad Hey
8 Keelan Foster
24 Watson Boas
25 Ilikaya Mafi

Tries: Lyne (50), Faraimo (59), Halliday (72)
Goals: Robinson 3/4
Sin-bin: Ferres (15) Dangerous tackle
Pauli Pauli (16) Dangerous Tackle
On Report: Dangerous tackle (29) on Jordan Case
Dangerous tackle (67) on Mitch Cox

Penalty count: 9-9
Half-time: 0-8
Referee: Cameron Worsley
Attendance: 1056

INTERNATIONAL PROP-FORWARD ANTHONY WALKER JOINS LIONS!

Welsh international signs two and a half year deal with Swinton

At Swinton Lions we are delighted announce the immediate signing of the Welsh international and former Super League prop-forward Anthony Walker, who joins us on a two and a half year deal.

Six-feet tall Anthony began his career with St Helens, and has subsequently played at Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls and Widnes, as well as achieving a good number of caps for Wales.

Upon signing for the Lions, Anthony said, “I’m buzzing to be joining Swinton. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the second half of the season and a further 2 years after that.

“I’ve played with a number of the lads before both at Wales and other clubs and they are a great group of lads who all want the same thing. After speaking to Killer and having worked with him before, he has a vision for the club that I want to be part of.”

Lions’ Head Coach Alan Kilshaw added, “I’ve worked with Ant before, an international who played in the last World Cup. He is a really good player at this level with a history of playing in good teams. He is definitely a coup for us, he was keen to come and join the Lions, and we’re delighted to have secured his services. He brings plenty of size as a prop-forward and will go well.”

The club would also like to thank PrideBuilder members who have made a significant contribution towards the costs of bringing Anthony to Swinton.

JORDAN BROWN RETURNS TO LIONS

Lions re-sign former forward

We are pleased to announce the re-signing of forward Jordan Brown, who spent two seasons with us in 2021 and 2022, before subsequently spending the last two years with the Salford Red Devils reserve team.

The 23 year old, who is based in Warrington, made 13 appearances with us during that initial stint, and scored a first Swinton try during our big League 1 win at West Wales Raiders in our promotion season.

Head Coach, Alan Kilshaw, explained the reasons for offering Jordan another opportunity. He said, “Jordan is a player well known to us from his previous stint, but he was only a young lad at that time and we feel he still has a lot of potential. He’s been in a Super League environment for the past two years and most recently has been the captain of Salford reserves. He has gathered experience under three good coaches and now re-joins us with a lot more under his belt. Jordan is a big size and has good skill-set for a middle, so we’ve brought him in for the remainder of the season, with the possibility of extending his contract beyond 2024.”

BARROW RAID THE POINTS AT SWINTON

SWINTON LIONS 10 BARROW RAIDERS 24

IAN RIGG at Heywood Road, Sunday 23 June 2023

A great first half performance put the Raiders in the box seat to take the points back home under very warm conditions in Sale. Matt Costello almost put his side ahead in the second minute, but it took a kick dead from Tee Ritson to avert the danger. Ryan Johnston put Raiders ahead on six minutes with a penalty goal following an off the ball tackle and they went further ahead a minute later when the ball went through several pairs of hands for Costello to score on the left and Johnston added the conversion. It was all Raiders in the early stages and the Lions defence was stretched time and time again with both Rhys Williams and Matty Chrimes making important knock downs in the Raiders passing. Jake Spedding then had to clear his lines when again the Raiders attacked his corner, but the first real Lions chance came on thirty-two minutes when George Roby was held up by the posts. Raiders went further ahead three minutes later when some fantastic touch passing saw James Greenwood score out to the left and Johnston converted again. Another try quickly followed when again some good ball handling skills saw Harvey Makin crash over under the posts with again Johnston converting. The restart from the Lions sailed dead in goal and Johnston elected to go for goal as the half time hooter sounded but the penalty attempt fell wide of the posts.

The Lions had a great start to the second half when Will Roberts and Dan Abram combined just inside the Raiders half and the ball ended with Gav Rodden who put a high kick to the corner, and it bounced just right for Jayden Hatton to score in the corner, but Abram could not convert. Roby then went close again being held just short and then it looked like they had forced a goal line drop out, but they were penalised for offside in the build-up. Rodden then produced a stunning sixty metre break but lost control of the ball ten metres from the line. Raiders defence looked like it was getting tired, but it was they who scored the next points when Johnston landed another penalty goal for an off the ball nudge. The Lions then lost Josh Eaves to an HIA check and his replacement Roby again went for the line from the play the ball but was held short. Johnston again put his side further ahead on sixty-six minutes when he too was nudged off the ball and he was awarded the penalty in the Lions twenty metre to which he converted. Hatton was then sent to the sinbin two minutes later for lifting in the tackle, but the Raiders could not make them pay this time. The Lions finished strongly and produced the final try of the game when Roberts ducked under a tackle to lay the ball on to the supporting Mitch Cox and he crashed in by the posts and Abram added the conversion as the final hooter sounded.

LIONS
2 Matty Chrimes
32 Tee Ritson
3 Jake Spedding
4 Jayden Hatton
5 Rhys Williams
30 Will Roberts
14 Josh Eaves
24 Jordan Case
1 Dan Abram
13 Mikey Wood
11 Gav Rodden
12 Mitch Cox
33 Leon Cowen

Subs (all used)
9 George Roby
37 Brett Bailey
20 Jack Houghton
28 Brad Hammond

Tries: Hatton (42), Cox (80)
Goals: Abram 1/2
Sin-bin: Hatton (68) Lifting

RAIDERS
1 Luke Cresswell
5 Andrew Bulman
3 Matty Costello
14 Luke Broadbent
30 Jacob Douglas
6 Brad Walker
7 Ryan Johnston
10 Ellis Gilliam
9 Josh Wood
20 Ramon Silva
13 James Greenwood
12 Jarrod Stack
31 Greg Worthington

Subs (all used)
19 Amir Bourouh
22 Tom Walker
15 Tom Wilkinson
23 Harvey Makin

Tries: Costello (7), Greenwood (35), Makin (38)
Goals: Johnston 6/7

Penalty count: 6-9
Half-time: 0-20
Referee: Kevin Moore
Attendance: 945

LIONS BOOSTED BY TRIPLE LOAN DEAL!

Hartill, Okoro and Morgan join Swinton

We are delighted to announce the signings of three loan players, all of whom come into squad contention for our home match against Widnes Vikings this coming Sunday (Heywood Road Stadium, Sale, kick-off 3pm).

Hooker Ben Hartill is already well known to us, having done well on loan from Warrington during three outings earlier in the season, two of which were won.

Meanwhile 21 years old Dan Okoro has also seen Heywood Road action already this season, having played in the forwards for Bradford Bulls against Swinton back in May. Like Ben, he now joins us on a month’s loan from Warrington Wolves.

Also, we welcome Kai Morgan, a 19 years old half-back from Salford Red Devils, who has commenced an initial two-week loan period here at the Lions.

Swinton Lions Head Coach, Alan Kilshaw, gave his thoughts on all three arrivals. He said, “Daniel Okoro is a player I have rated for a number of seasons. I had him at Hunslet on loan in 2022 and it’s been great to see him continue to develop and be given an opportunity at Warrington. He did a lot of damage playing for the Bulls against us this season, so we are looking forward to having that fire power on our side of the fence this time around!”

Alan continued, “In respect of Ben Hartill, we obviously had him on loan earlier in the season and he featured in our wins at Halifax and at home to Dewsbury. Josh Eaves has had a set-back following the injury he sustained during the Barrow game, so we were keen to bring in another hooker. So as soon as we knew Ben was available, we jumped at the chance to bring him back. We are very grateful to Gary Chambers and Sam Burgess for their support in respect of these two deals.”

In respect of Kai Morgan, Alan said. “He is a really talented half-back and with a great football IQ. He was an England academy international and came up through the ranks at Leeds Rhinos. More recently he has been working with some quality coaches at Salford Reds and now needs to play games and get some regular tough competition into him. We are therefore delighted to have him at Swinton, particularly as we have been looking to add a half since Dec Patton’s departure. After this weekend, we feel Kai’s running game can then complement Jordan Gibson. This will give us more depth across the halves, particular with Jack Stevens and Joe Purcell having had some useful game time recently, and so after a few weeks of having to move players around we should hopefully be able to re-settle our spine and get some consistency back into our selections.”

Lions’ CEO Steve Wild added, “I think it’s fair to say that with injuries, departures, and suspensions, our squad has felt a little skinny of late, particularly in certain positions and arguably this has contributed to some recent inconsistency following our bright start to the season. However, we’ve been fully committed to supporting Alan and his staff in maintaining a strong squad, and after a busy couple of weeks behind the scenes, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure these loan deals in respect of Ben, Daniel and Kai, especially following the permanent arrivals last week of Ant Walker and Jordan Brown. Our numbers are now back up and hopefully the whole squad will feel a positive boost. Finally I want to extend a big thank you to our friends at Warrington and Salford for facilitating these arrangements”.

LIONESSES TRIUMPH IN DOUBLE-HEADER!

Swinton Lionesses 30 Illingworth 10

Alan Dixon at Heywood Road

After a few weeks off, the Lionesses got back to winning ways with a hard earned victory over Illingworth Ladies at Heywood Road. The match was the first instalment of a rugby league double-header, with the Lions and Barrow Raiders to follow.

The Lionesses got off to the worst possible start when they allowed the kick off to go into touch. From the turnover, Illingworth moved the ball across the field to attack the Lionesses line. Good defence stopped the move with Illingworth’s Maia Taktikos being tackled into touch 10 metres short of the line. A good run by Lottie Meacham got the Lionesses on the front foot. After a penalty, Lucy Baggaley barged over by the posts to score. Jodie Morris converted to give the Lionesses a 6-0 lead after 10 minutes. Eight minutes later they were in again. Mollie-Anne Pickering put up a high ball which hit the post and bounced back into the field of play. Emily Haley collected the bouncing ball and rounded the defence to score out wide. Jodie Morris was unable to convert.

The Lionesses scored again in the 24th Minute. Illingworth knocked on and from the resulting scrum, Ellie Thirkell was tackled on the line. The ball was moved across field and this time Lucy Baggaley was tackled just short of the line. Emma Dwyer dived over to score from acting half. Again Jodie Morris was unable to convert. Illingworth got on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute. The Lionesses failed to find touch with a penalty. Illingworth then moved the ball across field which allowed Jess Oldroyd to go on a 30 metre weaving run to the line. She was unable to convert her own try. Illingworth thought they were in again 5 minutes later. After a penalty for a high tackle, the ball was moved down field. A good run by Maia Taktikos was ended with a tackle by Catherine Sweeney which kept the Lionesses 14-4 lead intact to half time.

Illingworth scored again in the 43rd Minute. After the Lionesses lost possession, the ball was moved across to Holly Waddington who went on a 20 metre run to score. Jess Oldroyd converted to narrow the Lionesses lead to 14-10. Four minutes later it was the Lionesses turn to score. After an Illingworth knock on, the Lionesses moved the ball across the field which allowed Eve Ashcroft to cut through the defence to score. Jodie Morris added the conversion to extend the Lionesses lead to 20-10. Five minutes later they were in again. Illingworth were penalised for offside after a Lionesses kick. This allowed the Lionesses to attack down the middle and Emma Dwyer crossed for her second try near the posts. Jodie Morris added the extras for a 26-10 lead.

The Lionesses final try came in the 65th minute. They won a scrum and moved the ball across field. A superb pass by Helena Ryan put Amelia Newton through a gap to score. The conversion was missed and the Lionesses now lead 30-10. The Lionesses went back on the attack for the remainder of the game and with 5 minutes left Emma Dwyer was tackled just short of the line.

Swinton Lionesses:
Eve Ashcroft, Lexi Smith, Tyler Moses, Libby Clarke, Catherine Sweeney, Mollie-Anne Pickering, Ellie Thirkell, Helena Ryan, Lottie Meacham, Lucy Baggaley, Jodie Morris, Emily Haley, Amelia Newton. Subs: Aimee Toher, Caterina Or Kam Fat, Lydia Elstone, Kyla Toher, Sophie Baird, Ellie Costello, Emma Dwyer.

Tries: Baggaley (10), Haley (18), Dwyer (24, 53), Ashcroft (48), Newton (65)
Goals: Morris 3

Illingworth:
Macy McDermott, Maia Taktikos, Hollie Kirby, Holly Waddington, Alice Stubley, Ruby Tyson, Jess Oldroyd, Charlotte Singleton, Hebe Forbes, Lizzy Stubley, Zoe Patchett, Lilly Holmes, Cheyney Mcarthey. Subs: Olivia Goswell, Julia Lowery, Codie Waller, Niamh Cresswell, Phoebe Cain.

Tries: Oldroyd (33), Waddington (44)
Goal: Oldroyd

Penalties: 4-8
Half-Time: 14-4