Fryston lift Shield with storming finish

FRYSTON Warriors celebrate their 35-18 victory against Kells in the Tier 4 Challenge Shield final at Ince Rose Bridge. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.
FRYSTON Warriors celebrate their 35-18 victory against Kells in the Tier 4 Challenge Shield final at Ince Rose Bridge. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.

FRYSTON Warriors lifted the inaugural RFL Tier 4 Challenge Shield by beating Kells 35-18 in a superb final in front of a bumper crowd at Ince Rose Bridge, Wigan.

It completed a highly successful summer season for Fryston who recently won he Yorkshire Men’s League Championship.

Fryston’s Andy Matthews went close before Cumbrian side Kells scored the opening try.

The Warriors then found their feet to race to a 16-4 lead by the half-hour mark, despite having Steven Scott harshly sin-binned for holding down.

Matthews and James Clarkson linked in a great move before Jack Lee and Kieran Arundel sent Lee Land powering over.

Scott then crashed over from close range on his return to the field before Land bagged his second by finishing a flowing move involving Scott and Wayne McHugh.

Dale Cogan kicked two conversions to put Fryston 12 points ahead but Matthews was then sin-binned and Kells cut the gap with a try on the stroke of half-time. They scored again to level the scores four minutes into the second period.

Cogan and Kells’ Ross Gainford traded penalty goals to make it 18-18 before Andy Speake’s 63rd minute drop goal nosed Fryston back ahead.

Fryston sealed victory by producing a storming last 15 minutes.

McHugh sparked the late scoring burst with a great try he also goaled after he gathered Dale Wynne’s clever chip.

Land then completed his hat-trick from Arundel’s slick pass before Adam Dickinson crossed two minutes from time and McHugh converted to round things off.

Land, McHugh, Cogan and Jack Lee were Fryston’s stand out players.

McHugh won the MOM award, sponsored by Ian Parker and Mick Smith.

Fryston thanked Mark and Janet Harling of Monkhill sandwiches for their sponsorship throughout the season.

Fryston also thanked Castleford Panthers for use of their kit following a colour clash with Kells.