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Oulton Raidettes 40 Swinton Lionesses 18

17 April 2023

Alan Dixon at Raider Park

Injuries throughout the game meant the Lionesses  never had a settled team during the game.  Some played out of position and others played on with their knocks.

Oulton were pressurising the Lionesses line and looked certain to score after 6 minutes when the ball was moved out to Grace Short, but a superb tackle by Chloe Birkett took her into touch just short of the line. The Lionesses broke out of defence a minute later. The ball was moved out to Izzy Birds who broke down the wing but, she was tackled into touch 20 metres from the line. The Lionesses got the ball back after 11 minutes. Good work from Ellie Thirkell and Libby Curran got the Lionesses deep into the Oulton half, and when the ball found Maddie Higson, she broke clear to score. Georgia Cunliffe added the goal for a 6-0 lead. From the kick off, Ellie Thirkell ran across the field and passed to Mia Atherton who broke through the Oulton defence to put the Lionesses back on the attack. The moved ended with Leah Christian being tackled 10 metres short of the line. The Lionesses conceded a couple of penalties which put Oulton back on the attack. Kaitlyn-Jade Wilkinson barged her way over the line but, was held up. Oulton were not to be denied and from the restart, the ball whose switched to Maddison Hirst who side stepped her way over to score. Lisa Taylor missed the conversion and the Lionesses led 6-4.

Straight from the restart Oulton moved the ball downfield and Emily Fitzpatrick scored next to the posts. Lisa Taylor added the conversion and Oulton led 10-6. Again from the restart Oulton broke through the Lionesses defence. Emily Fitzpatrick had a clear run to the line but she was tackled short by Chloe Birkett. A quick play the ball resulted in a knock on. The Lionesses lost possession of the ball after 27 minutes. Oulton moved the ball out wide and Honey Oxtoby scored in the corner. Lisa Taylor missed the conversion. The restart went straight to Lisa Taylor who broke through the Lionesses defence and passed the ball to Hannah Hill to score. Again Lisa Taylor missed the conversion and Oulton now led 18-6. The Lionesses regained possession with a scrum on their 10 metre line. A bad pass by Eve Ashcroft allowed Oulton to recover the ball and Ellie Johnson scored in the corner. Lisa Taylor hit the post with the conversion attempt and Oulton led 22-6 at the break.

A series of penalties allowed the Lionesses to pressurise the Oulton line, but it ended in a knock on. Oulton moved the ball downfield and Grace Short crossed the line to score. The referee disallowed the try for obstruction. The Lionesses scored in the 54th minute. A series of penalties allowed them to get the ball downfield and Libby Curran scored next to the posts. Georgia Cunliffe kicked the conversion and Oulton now led 22-12. Five minutes later Oulton recovered possession of the ball and Emily Fitzpatrick scored. Lisa Taylor added the extras for a 28-12 lead.

The restart went straight to Maddison Hirst who went on a charging run. A big hit by Chloe Birkett stopped her in her tracks. It didn’t stop Oulton from scoring in the remainder of the set as Danielle Rose scored and Lisa Taylor added the extras to extend the lead to 34-12. Again the Lionesses defence was breached from the restart as Lisa Taylor went over to score. This time the referee disallowed it for a forward pass. Swinton were penalised in the 70th minute which allowed Oulton to get close to the Lionesses line. Leah McFarlane darted over to score from dummy half. Lisa Taylor added the extras for a 40-12 lead. The Lionesses recovered an Oulton knock on with 3 minutes left. The ball was moved out to Holly Grimes who forced her way over under the posts. Georgia Taylor added the conversion.


Oulton Raidettes : Danielle Rose, Honey Oxtoby, Ellie Johnson, Lisa Taylor, Grace Short, Hannah Hill, Keira Gittins, Maddison Hirst, Leah McFarlane, Kaitlyn-Jade Wilkinson, Vanessa Harriman, Alice Abbiss, Emily Fitzpatrick. SUBS : Ellie-Mae Wainhouse, Abigail Birtwhistle, Chelsea Senior, Darcy Westwood, Sophie Oram

Tries : Hirst (19), Fitzpatrick (22, 59), Oxtoby (27), Hill (31), Johnson (36), Rose (62), McFarlane (70)

Goals : Taylor 4

Swinton Lionesses : Maddie Higson, Izzy Birds, Mia Atherton, Libby Curran, Elizabeth Davies, Georgia Cunliffe, Ellie Thirkell, Holly Grimes, Eve Ashcroft, Leah Christian, Chloe Birkett, Helena Ryan, Emily Haley. SUBS : Sophie Sykes, Abbie Parkes-Holden, Pebbles Whailing-Mills, Rebecca Roden

Tries : Higson (11), Curran (54), Grimes (77)

Goals : Cunliffe 3

Pens : 4-6                  Half Time : 22-6


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