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10 April 2023

IAN RIGG Heywood Road, Friday

The Vikings brushed away the memory of last week’s cup exit with a nine try display in the Manchester sunshine. The Lions welcomed back three players that had missed the last few weeks with injury and John Kear shuffled his team and bought in the impressive young Wigan centre Zack Eckersley on loan during the week as well as bring some players that missed out last week. Shane Grady had an early chance for the visitors but the final pass to him with the line open was judged forward and then Josh Eaves was tackled just short for the Lions. The first Vikings try came on fourteen minutes when Matty Fozard broke and fed the supporting Jack Owens and he sent the ball on to Matt Fleming who raced in under the posts and Owens converted. Four minutes later they were in again when a high ball was sent to the left side of the Lions defence and it was spilled and collected by Ryan Ince who scored near the corner and again Owens converted. Poor defence accounted for the third try when Danny Craven went round several defenders to score on the left and Owens was on the mark again. Zack Eckersley opened his account a few minutes later showing a great turn of space to score under the posts and this was again converted. The Lions then had the better of the play for the second quarter of the match with James Greenwood and Jayden Hatton both going close before on thirty-one minutes Eaves set up a try for Jordy Gibson to score by the posts and Dan Abram converted. Mike Butt had a good chance five minutes from the break, but great defence stopped him just short of the line and in the final minute of the half Kieran Dixon also had a chance but this time the Lions defence held him out.

The Lions started the second half on the attack after Olly Olds was taken out off the ball by Owens and the pressure eventually told when Eaves caught the Vikings defence knapping to dive over by the posts and Abram again converted but the Vikings stretched their lead when Owens added a penalty goal from in front of the posts. The Vikings then bombed a couple of chances with ball handling errors but on the hour the Lions added their third try when Andy Badrock scored out on the right, but Abram could not convert off the touchline. Eckersley then scored a spectacular long range effort racing seventy-five metres after a Lions ball handing error while attacking the line but Owens could not convert this one. During the build up it seemed that Olds had been bitten in a tackle and this was placed on report by the officials. Adam Lawton was next to score when he scored out on the left but again no conversion. Olds was sent to the sin bin on sixty-nine minutes when he collided with the official whilst trying to make a tackle so off he went to cool his heels and while he was off Lawton crashed over again on the left for another unconverted try. Dixon then made the most of an overlap to race in on the left and again the kick was missed. Eckersley then scored his third when he intercepted a Lions pass near his own line to race full length to score under the posts as the hooter sounded and Owens converted this one.



  1 Dan Abram

  2 Mike Butt

22 Andy Badrock

11 Rhodri Lloyd

  4 Jayden Hatton

19 Ollie Olds

  7 Jordy Gibson

18 Liam Cooper

14 Josh Eaves

13 Louis Brogan

12 Mitch Cox

36 James Greenwood

  6 Nick Gregson

Subs (all used)

10 Kenny Baker

15 Jordan Case

16 Gav Rodden

35 Lewis Hall

Tries: Gibson (31), Eaves (43), Badrock (60)

Goals: Abram 2/3

Sinbin: Olds (69) dicent


  3 Matt Fleming

  2 Ryan Ince

29 Zack Eckersley

20 Joe Edge

  5 Kieran Dixon

  6 Danny Craven

  1 Jack Owens

16 Callum Field

  9 Matty Fozard

10 Kyle Amor

12 Adam Lawton

17 Shane Grady

13 Liam Bent

Subs (all used)

11 Sam Wilde

14 Jordan Johnstone

21 Lewis Hatton

27 Ant Walker

Tries: Fleming (14), Ince (18), Craven (20) Eckersley (22,64,80), Lawton (67,71), Dixon (75)

Goals: Owens 6/10

On Report – Alleged biting incident on Olds (64)

Penalties: 6-4 Half-time: 6-24

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas Attendance: 1403

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6,0-12,0-18,0-24,6-24,12-24,12-26,16-26,16-30,16-34,16-38,16-42,16-48.


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