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Match report – Whitehaven 36-22 Swinton Lions

06 July 2021

For the second time in two weeks the Lions got off to an excellent start only to fall short in the second half for the home side to take the points.

The game was only seven minutes old when Tom Spencer was grounded just short in front of the posts and from the play the ball Luke Waterworth fed Deane Meadows and he crashed over by the posts and Martyn Ridyard converted.

Rhodri Lloyd and Lachlan Walmsley were sent to the sin-bin two minutes later when a scuffle broke out and from the resulting penalty it was Haven that levelled the scores when Nikau Williams darted through a gap to score by the posts and Connor Holliday added the conversion. They went into the lead on twenty-four minutes when Holliday went over from close range and Walmsley this time added the conversion.

Cobi Green was also sent to the sin bin thirteen minutes from the break for holding down and while he was off Haven scored again when a bomb kick was launched towards the Lions line and Walmsley out jumped Jack Hansen to collect the ball and race away to score in the left corner, he also added the conversion to give them a twelve point advantage at the break.

Looking at how the Lions started the second half it looked like they had received the hair dryer treatment from Stuart Littler in the dressing room at the break. Paul Nash opened his Lions try scoring account when Ridyard sent him under the posts just after the restart and the conversion was added.

Two minutes later they were over again when Haven lost the ball in their own twenty and Mitch Cox raced in to score and Ridyard converted to level the scores. It got even better on fifty-one minutes when Ridyard engineered a try for Geronimo Doyle to score in the corner but the conversion attempt from the touchline sailed wide.

The scores were level again on sixty-four minutes when Walmsley added his second despite the efforts of Ben Heyes trying to knock him into touch but he missed the conversion from his own try. They again stretched into lead three minutes later when Karl Dixon went over and this was converted too and then with seven minutes left Holliday went through a fatigued defence to score by the posts, Walmsley again converted and the game was closed out in the last minute when the same player added a penalty goal from in front of the posts. It was a disappointment in the end for the large following of Lions fans.

Ian Rigg at the LEL Arena

Lions: Hansen, Roberts, Lloyd, Cox, Doyle, Ridyard, Green, Spencer, Waterworth, Meadows, Hope, Gregson, Brickhill. SUBS: J.Brown, Nash, T.Brown, Heyes


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