Lock Lane end slump by toppling leaders Siddal

Steve Scott grabbed Lock Lanes winning try against Siddal on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Steve Scott grabbed Lock Lanes winning try against Siddal on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Lock Lane ended a six-match losing run with Saturday’s 30-28 home victory against National Conference League leaders Siddal.

Steve Scott’s last minute try, converted from the touchline by man of the match Danny Rowse, saw the Castleford side end their slump in stunning style.

Powerful forward Scott took five defenders over the line with him after a surging 10-yard run and Rowse, returning from suspension, added the winning goal to give Lane their first victory under new coach Craig Booth.

Former Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Leeds Rhinos player Francis Maloney has joined Lane as assistant player coach and played on the wing last Saturday.

A dour first-half between two evenly-matched teams gave no indication of the drama to come.

Teenage winger Joe Willock gave the home side a great start by scoring the firstof his two 90-yard interception tries after 12 minutes, with Rowse adding the first of his five goals.

Siddal replied eight minutes later with an unconverted try by Shaun Garrod and the score remained unchanged until half-time.

Prop Craig Jones’ 54th minute try put Lane further ahead but Siddal hit back four minutes later with Garrod’s second that Joel McFarlane goaled.

When speedy Willock bagged his second long-range interception try, Lane led 18-10 with 15 minutes remaining but the game then swung Siddal’s way when George Ambler’s 67th minute touchdown was swiftly followed by Garrod’s third.

MacFarlane added both conversions to put Siddal 22-18 up but Lane levelled when Lewis Price went over and Rowse converted.

In a dramatic last four minutes, Siddal looked as they had snatched victory with Kyle Ackroyd’s converted try but then came Scott’s last gasp try and Rowse’s winning goal.

Siddal finished with 12 men after MacFarlane was yellow carded for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Rowse, Rob Firth and Paul Brown were outstanding for Lane who visit second-placed Leigh Miners Rangers this Saturday.

Division Three’s bottom team Castleford Panthers lost 32-16 at home to fellow strugglers Gateshead Storm.

Panthers winger Nathan Tomlinson scored two tries and Jordan Harper grabbed a try and kicked one goal, with Jordan Holder also landing one goal. Panthers visit promotion-chasers Drighlington this Saturday.