National Conference League: Flying start helps Shaw Cross Sharks to victory but losses for Batley Boys, Celtic and Maroons

Shaw Cross Sharks made a flying start on their way to a 24-16 win over Drighlington in Division Three of the National Conference League.

By Tony Harber
Sunday, 22nd May 2022, 1:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd May 2022, 1:53 pm

Tries in the first four minutes by Nathan Wright and Brad Baines, with Dec Tomlinson booting the first of his two goals gave them a quickfire 10-0 lead.

Drig hit back through Kieron Roche and Tom Pickles, the former adding a goal, but between-times Wright’s second try earned the Sharks a 14-10 interval advantage.

Tomlinson and Tenneson Neagle crossed for the hosts for a 24-10 lead by the 64th minute and that proved to be enough, despite Lucas Hallas hitting back for the visitors and Roche adding the extras.

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Shaw Cross Sharks and Batley Boys were both in action in Division Three of the National Conference League.

Elsewhere in Division Three, Batley Boys went down 34-6 to Waterhead Warriors.

They were 34-0 behind before Bradley Hyatt crossed in the closing quarter and Lewis Martin improved.

The Oldham outfit had controlled matters through a Mason Young brace, a try and two goals for Jenson Hamilton and touchdowns to Ciaran Dean, Matthew Holland, Mitchell Birch and Danny Bridge.

Jon Fitzgerald added a conversion while Holland was sin-binned early in the second half for a crusher tackle and, in the last six minutes, Dale Lowe was yellow-carded (careless foul play), while Hamilton was sent off for alleged punching.

Batley lost Ryan Crossley to the sin-bin in the first half for dissent.

Dewsbury Celtic let an 18-6 lead slip as they lost 54-18 to promotion-chasing Heworth in Division Two.

Tries by Gareth Watson, Liam Watling (his second), and a brace apiece for Liam Richmond and Fergus Chapman began the big fightback for Heworth.

George Elliott scored a try and a conversion, Ben Dyson-Dent and Jack Earl popped in and Jay Ogilvie slammed six goals.

Celtic had led through a try and three conversions by Charlie Heaton and touchdowns for Mike Foulstone and Harry Copley.

Dewsbury Moor Maroons went down 40-16 to new Division Two leaders Barrow Island.

The Island recovered from an early Ash Boddy try to lead 18-6 at the break, thanks to tries by Ian Irvine, Aidan Wright and Nathan Sneesby.

Max Anderson-Moore, Adam Ford, Dan Wright, and Blain Marwood swept over in the second period and Adam Jackson completed a six-goal contribution before Jacob Beety and Jack Clarkson got consolation tries for the Maroons, Brad Foster adding the last two of his three goals.