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Match Report – Rams win despite late second half fightback

18 May 2021

Monday night saw the return of fans to Heywood Road but a strong first half from the visitors saw them take home the points despite a late Lions rally.

Swinton Lions 18-20 Dewsbury Rams

Rams took the lead in the third minute when a good passing movement saw Andy Gabriel crash over in the right corner but Paul Sykes was unable to convert. The Lions then had two good chances with Luis Roberts making a nice break down the right but ran out of support and then Jack Hansen kicked the ball through the Rams defence towards the line but the ball ran away from him.

Rams then went further ahead when they got a six again and Michael Knowles went over on the left and again Sykes was off target with the kick. On twenty minutes Keenen Tomlinson latched onto a Sykes kick to score by the posts and this time Sykes converted to give them a good advantage on the scoreboard.

Mike Butt then had a great chance when Martyn Ridyard put a kick in down the left but the flying winger was offside when he collected the ball. Paddy Jones was sent to the sin bin eleven minutes from the break for an illegal tackle on Aaron Hall and Sykes kicked the penalty to give them a good lead at the break.

The Lions started the fightback on fifty-one minutes when Mitch Cox went through several tacklers to score on the left with Ridyard converting from the touchline and a few minutes later Louis Brogan thought he had scored but was just held up over the line. Sykes then increased the Rams lead with two simple penalties in a six minute period. The Lions then hit a purple patch in the last six minutes of the game when Billy Brickhill broke through to score by the posts and Ridyard converted.

With four minutes to go he repeated the same move to score by the posts and Ridyard again converted but time ran out.

Ian Rigg at Heywood Road

Swinton – Doyle, Roberts, Rizzelli, Cox, Butt, Ridyard, Hansen, Brooks, Waterworth, Luckley, Lloyd, Meadows, Hope. Subs: Brickhill, Brogan, Jones, Spencer.

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