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23 April 2024


IAN RIGG at Heywood Road, Sunday 21 April 2024

A nine try performance from the Lions gave them their second win in what was a must win game. They got off to a great start when Dec Patton slid a nice kick towards the right corner and Mitch Cox won the race to score but Patton was unable to convert from the touchline. Rams hit back virtually straight away when good pressure on the line saw Curtis Davies dive in by the posts and Callum Turner converted. They should really have scored again but some great defence by Tee Ritson and Dan Abram grounded the player just short. They did score their second on seventeen minutes when a nice pass by Matt Garside found Owen Restall and he scored by the posts with Turner converting again. Jayden Hatton scored the Lions second on twenty-six minutes when Patton sent up a hanging kick and the centre took it as it came down to score but again no conversion from Patton. The Lions halfback was now starting to control the ball even more and the Lions then scored two tries in three minutes with Josh Eaves who was making his one hundredth career appearance scoring the first from short range and then a Saints combination on the right when Jonny Vaughan sent out a nice pass for to Ritson who powered over in the corner and Patton converted both of them to give the Lions an eight point gap and they could have scored again on the half time hooter when Hatton put Eaves through a gap but it was forward.

A disastrous start for the Lions in the second half when a nice kick from Turner bounced badly for Rhys Williams and ran away from him and this saw Brad Graham touch down by the posts and Turner converted to put his team right back in it. Daniel Spencer-Tonks then extended the Lions lead with a well taken try by the posts from an Eaves pass and Patton converted. Rams were not lying down and Turner and Restall combined to send Travis Corion in at the corner and Turner could not convert this one. The home side were coming stronger as the game went on and scored their next try just after the hour when Rams knocked on in their own twenty and from the scrum Williams went in at the corner and the conversion was good. Abram scored the next on sixty-six minutes after some great build up play down the right and again Patton converted. Rams then had more pressure on the line, and it took an interception by Cox to clear the line. Ronan Dixon was sent to the sinbin with three minutes left for a high shot on Hatton. The Lions made them pay heavily for the sinbin running in two more tries with firstly Spencer-Tonks again crashing in again by the posts from short range with Patton converting and with seconds left a great cross kick by Patton found Ritson and he collected the ball to race in at the corner with Patton adding the conversion after the hooter to secure a good victory for his side.

1 Dan Abram
32 Tee Ritson
29 Jonny Vaughan
4 Jayden Hatton
5 Rhys Williams
6 Dec Patton
7 Jordy Gibson
20 Jack Houghton
14 Josh Eaves
13 Mikey Wood
11 Gav Rodden
12 Mitch Cox
16 Lewis Hall

Subs (all used)
35 Ben Hartill
24 Jordan Case
8 Liam Cooper
15 Daniel Spencer-Tonks

Tries: Cox (3), Hatton (26), Eaves (31), Ritson (33,80), Spencer-Tonks (45,78), Williams (61), Abram (66)
Goals: Patton 7/9

1 Owen Restall
19 Travis Corion
22 Marcus Walker
3 Ollie Greensmith
5 Lewis Carr
7 Callum Turner
9 Jacob Hookem
8 Jimmy Beckett
20 Cutris Davies
10 Ronan Dixon
12 Matt Garside
11 Brad Graham
13 Louis Collinson

Subs (all used)
29 Jack Bibby
27 Joe Hird
6 Paul Sykes
23 Bailey Dawson

Tries: Davies (6), Restall (17), Graham (42), Corion (54)
Goals: Turner 3/4
Sin-bin: Ronan Dixon (77) High tackle
Swinton man-of-the-match: Daniel Spencer-Tonks

Penalty count: 4-8
Half-time: 20-12
Referee: Nick Bennett
Attendance: 894


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