Dewsbury Rams produced a dramatic late fight back but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 29-28 defeat away to Swinton Lions as they slipped to a fourth straight loss in the Betfred Championship last Sunday.
Defeat leaves the Rams lying precariously just a point above the relegation zone as they were left to think what might have been.
The Rams made a bright start in the Heywood Road sunshine and raced into a 10-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes.
Dewsbury forced the Lions to drop out from their first attack and early pressure led to a fourth minute try as they moved play left and Aaron Brown skipped round two defenders for the opening score.
Paul Sykes’s conversion attempt rebounded off a post.
The excellent start continued on the Rams next attack as they again moved left and centre Lucas Walshaw had too much power as he barged through the defence on his way to the line. Sykes converted and the visitors led 10-0.
Swinton responded with a 10th minute try as a gap was created for George Tyson to score. Chris Hankinson added the first of his four conversions from five attempts, which was to prove the difference between the sides.
Dale Morton added Dewsbury’s third try in the 16th minute as he produced neat footwork to skip past the Swinton defence and dived over on his 200th career appearance, with Sykes converting.
Swinton full-back Gabriel Fell crossed for a 30th minute unconverted try when he raced through a static Rams defence which reduced the half-time arrears to 16-10.
Daniel Igbinedion was sin-binned for tripping eight minutes after the restart and Swinton took immediate advantage with Josh Ganson nipping over for a try from close range which Hankinson converted to level.
The Rams were still down to 12 men when Rhodri Lloyd went through a gap and over for a try which Hankinson converted as the Lions led for the first time.
Dewsbury conceded a third try while Igbinedion was in the sin-bin when Tyson forced his way over for his second try.
Hankinson converted and then tagged on a 60th minute drop goal to put his side 29-16 up.
The Rams fight back began in the 64th minute when they moved play quickly to the right for Gareth Potts to cross but it was too wide out for Sykes to add the goal.
Dewsbury were handed a real lifeline when Hankinson was red carded for a dangerous tackle on James Glover.
Quick handling to the left allowed Igbinedion to score out wide but again there was no goal
The Rams piled on the pressure and Morton showed great determination to grab his second try.
Sykes’s touchline conversion attempt was again wide and Swinton’s defence showed great resolve in the closing minutes to seal a first home win of the season.