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12 September 2023


 IAN RIGG at Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium, Sunday 10 September


The Lions fight on for their Championship security after suffering defeat in the stormy south lakes in an error strewn game.

Raiders started brightly with a couple of early chances but the Lions defence held out and in fact Dan Abram put his team ahead with a penalty from thirty metres after Jordy Gibson was taken out off the ball, but Raiders hit back quickly and capitalised on a Lions error allowing the ball to bounce in the goal line and instead of the Lions defence booting it dead it was allowed to stay in the field of play and Luke Broadbent scored in the corner and Ryan Shaw converted from the touchline. The Lions then put pressure on the Raiders line but a short kick from George Roby was collected by a Raiders defender and they cleared the line. Roby was then sent to the sinbin on twenty-eight minutes and from the resulting penalty Jarrod Sammut put in a kick to the right and Keenan Brand scored in the right corner and Shaw again converted. Mike Butt then had a chance and was grounded just short after a ball steal from Rhodri Lloyd. Raiders capitalised again with the extra man just before the break when a break and some good ball movement saw Andrew Bulman score in the corner, but Shaw could not convert this one and Raiders held a fourteen-point lead at the break.

The Lions made a good start to the second half forcing a goal line drop out in the opening minutes, but it was Raiders who scored again when another good passing saw Shaw score and add another conversion stretching the lead. From the restart the Lions went short from the kick off, but the ball didn’t go ten metres and Broadbent picked up the ball and was penalised. From this the Lions put pressure on the Raiders line and Abram side stepped a couple of Raiders players to score to the right of the posts and add the conversion. Raiders next try came on the hour and again the Lions defence should have knocked the ball dead, but this time Brand acted quickly to score but Shaw was off target with the conversion. Five minutes later they scored again when Bulman set up Broadbent to score his second and Shaw converted this one. Everything the Lions were trying were not coming off, but it was the opposite for Raiders. Ryan Johnston hit the posts with a drop goal attempt and with five minutes left the Lions scored their second try when Andy Badrock finished off a good move on the right and Abram added the conversion. A long journey home for the large following of Lions fans.

Swinton must now beat Whitehaven at Heywood Road this coming Sunday (3pm) to retain hope of Championship survival.


Lowe, Romeo, Badrock, Spedding, Butt, Abram, Gibson, Bennion, Hall, Brogan, Lloyd, Cox, Foster.

SUBS: Baker, Roby, Case, Rodden.


Half-time: 16-2

Referee: Liam Rush

Penalties: 2-9

Attendance: 2117


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