Fox leads from front as Lions bounce back

Gareth Gale escapes the clutches of the Underbank defenders to race in for a second half try for Featherstone Lions with Joe Fox in support. Picture: Jonathan Buck
Gareth Gale escapes the clutches of the Underbank defenders to race in for a second half try for Featherstone Lions with Joe Fox in support. Picture: Jonathan Buck

Joe Fox was in outstanding form as Featherstone Lions bounced back from a loss to Shaw Cross to run in nine tries in a 50-28 win at fellow National Conference Division One play-off chasers Underbank Rangers.

Fox was a try scorer and made several more as he led his team from the front along with Josh Hardcastle, Dean Gamble, James Kitchen and George Nuttall, who had his best game of the season and scored his first try of the campaign.

Ian Jackson tagged on seven goals while Gaz Gale went in for two sparkling tries as did Anthony Yates, the second a 50-yard sprint to the line.

Lions opened the scoring when a fine Scott Glassell ball sent Kitchen over.

Underbank hit back as they took advantage of a bomb to score, but Lions opened up an 18-4 lead as Danny Glassell sent Nuttall over and Hardcastle backed up the strong running Fox who raced 45 yards.

Back came Rangers to score after the visitors had a man sent to the sin-bin. However, Lions then hit a purple patch with Gale going over and Yates finishing a move involving Fox and Hardcastle to make it 30-10 at half-time.

Underbank were first to score after the break before Hardcastle’s fine run led to Gale scoring his second try after beating six men in a sparkling 45-yard run to the line.

The teams swapped tries again, Jake Perkins scoring for Featherstone, before Rangers kept the game alive to make it 40-28. However, Fox then got the gamebreaking try as he raced 50 yards, swatting off five men, and two minutes from time his powerful break and gem of a pass saw Yates speed over from 50 yards out for the final points.

This Saturday Lions host Ince Rose Bridge (2.30pm) and on Sunday it is a Lions past v present game (2.30 kick off).

Lock Lane suffered a 48-0 defeat in their Premier Division game at West Hull.

They were 20-0 down by half-time against second-placed opponents and end the regular season second from bottom with 10 points from their 22 games.