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03 June 2019

The Lions have been knocked out of the 1895 Cup by Dewsbury Rams.

Swinton have been knocked out of the 1895 Cup in the second round after losing 44-26 to the Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium.

The Lions crashed out of this year’s 1895 cup as the Rams gained revenge for last week’s defeat at Heywood Road. Both sides made changes giving fringe players their chances to impress their respective coaches.

Rams made the best start scoring their first try in only the second minute when Lucas Walshaw went through a big gap to score on the right and Liam Finn added the conversion.

It was the Lions who hit back six minutes later when Adam Lawton burst the line and made a forty metre break before handing the ball on to Liam Byrne who raced away for his first try for the club under the posts and Harry Smith converted to level.

Rams then hit back with two tries in a seven minute spell when Rob Worrincy and Brad Day both went over and Finn converted both, but it was the Lions who again came back a couple of minutes from the break when Rhodri Lloyd made the most of a Rams handling error to score in the left corner. Smith could not add the conversion and the Lions trailed by eight points at the break.

The Lions hit back straight from the restart when Jack Hansen, making his fiftieth appearance for the Lions, forced his way over on the left and Smith converted to bring his team within two points.

However, the Rams went further ahead three minutes later when Day went in again from close range and Finn again converted. The game was starting to see saw and Billy Brickhill added the Lions next try on the right but Smith missed this conversion.

Rams then took control of the game scoring three tries in seventeen minutes with Toby Richardson, Kyle Trout and Lewis Heckford all going over and Finn added only one conversion but they had an eighteen point lead with ten minutes left but as usual the Lions refused to lie down and peppered the Rams line with attack after attack until the impressive Jack Wells scored his first Lions try and Smith converted, but Worrincy made the game safe when he raced in for a long range effort three minutes from time with Finn adding the conversion.

Full time: Dewsbury Rams 44-26 Swinton Lions 

Ian Rigg reporting from the Tetley’s Stadium


Rams: Martin, Worrincy, Morton, Ryder, Gabriel, Heckford, Finn, Annakin, Day, Sheriffe, Walshaw, Knowles, Igbinedion.

Subs: Trout, Richardson, Morris, Reilly.

Tries: Walshaw (2′), Worrincy (18′,77′), Day (25′,45′), Richardson (53′), Trout (60′), Heckford (70′)

Goals: Finn 6/8

Lions: Hansen, Ashton, Lloyd, Ratu, Forsyth, Smith, Fairclough, Lawton, Waterworth, Hatton, Halton, Wells, Byrne. Subs: Brickhill, A.Jones, Kenga, Shelford.

Tries: Byrne (8′), Lloyd (38′), Hansen (42′), Brickhill (48′), Wells (73′)

Goals: Smith 3/5

Referee: Jack Smith

Attendance: 453

HT: 18-10 FT: 44-26

Photo credits: Pete Green & Emily Parker


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