Sharks hit back to defeat Knights and close gap at top

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dewsbury celtic v shaw cross sharks celtic danny crabtree sharks paul adams & andrew tillotson

Shaw Cross Sharks moved to within a point of National Conference Division One leaders Normanton Knights thanks to a thrilling 30-18 win.

The Sharks trailed 10-4 at half-time but hit back to record their fifth win of the season.

Aiden Chandler scored their only first-half try but further scores from Derrell Olpherts (two), Andrew Fawkes, Danny Flowers and Shaun Squires, who also added three conversions, sealed victory.

n Dewsbury Celtic suffered a 38-16 defeat at Hunslet Warriors in Division One despite tries from Bartley O’Brien, Dave Adleigh, Danny Crabtree and Mike Foulstone but it wasn’t enough against an impressive Warriors.

n Birstall Victoria play their first Yorkshire Men’s League game on Saturday when they host Moldgreen, Shaw Cross Sharks entertain Scarborough Pirates B and Heavy Woollen play Hunslet Parkside Academy. Thornhill Trojans opponents Walton Warriors have withdrawn from the league without playing a game.

n BARLA Under-17s take on Shaw Cross Under-18s in a charity match in aid of injured Sharks player Ryan Glynn on Monday at Leeds Road (noon), while BARLA Under-18s meet Dewsbury Moor Under-18s, also on Monday at noon.

n Dewsbury Moor are also staging a fundraising event for their injured player Connor Squires this Saturday, when over 20 teams are expected to take part in a touch rugby tournament from 11am. Further details are available from Jordan Moorhouse on 07582 448433.

n Wyke ARLFC are seeking coaches for their first and second teams for next season.

Anyone interested should apply to Jason Whomack, Wyke ARLFC, 358 Huddersfield Road, Wyke, Bradford, BD12 8BX, e-mail jason.whomack@powel or call 07774 429351.

Thornhill Trojans Awards

A Team Most improved: Mindaugas Bendikas. Supporters Player of Year: Luke Carter. Players Player of Year: Mark Hodgson. Player of Year: Chris Woodcock.

1st team Most Improved Player: Ben Kendall. Coach’s Special Award: Rob Kelly. Supporters Player, Players Player and Player of the Year: Jake Wilson.

Club Awards Margaret Ward Trophy: Anthony Broadhead. Rod Brook Award: Kevin Johnson. Stanley Gath Memorial Cup: Mark Mitchell. John Bragg Memorial Trophy: Richard Turner. Roy Harrison Memorial Trophy (Clubman): Jake Ratcliffe.