Gale shines as Lions roar to nine-try win

Anthony Yates dives over for a try for Featherstone Lions in Saturday's 55-4 win at Elland. Picture: Jonathan Buck.
Anthony Yates dives over for a try for Featherstone Lions in Saturday's 55-4 win at Elland. Picture: Jonathan Buck.

Teenager Gaz Gale had his best game of the season as Featherstone Lions stormed to a 55-4 win at Elland in National Conference League Division One.

Lions played superb rugby and scored some cracking tries.

Ian Jackson was in top goalkicking form with nine goals from nine attempts.

Teenage half-back Liam Kay dictated play and Anthony Yates continued his scoring run with two tries.

In the pack, captain Danny Glassell gave Elland problems every time he had the ball and Dean Gamble and George Nuttall worked non stop.

Keiran Redfearn’s 45 yard break led to Gamble scoring the opening try from acting half. Kay’s crafty chip saw Josh Hardcastle score before Glassell made a 55-yard run to put in Sam Wilson. Adam Hepworth raced over from 25 yards out as Featherstone’s domination continued .

Leading 24-0 at half-time, Lions were quickly into their stride again in the second-half. Joe Fox’s fine break and pass saw Hardcastle race 40 yards before finding Yates who went over.

Luke Thomas, Gamble and Nuttall bottled up the middle of the park with ferocious tackling. Lions turned on the style for their next try as six men handled before Hardcastle put in Glassell.

The visitors then scored the game’s best try when Gale made a 45-yard break and combined with Wilson whose astute pass sent in Millard.

Lions then had two men sent off after a skirmish and Elland hit back with a try.

Pack leader Gamble, Jackson and Kay rallied Lions.

Jackson made the opening for Gale to cross and Yates showed fancy footwork to dance his way over for his second try before Jackson completed the scoring with a drop goal. Lions visit Skirlaugh on Saturday and host Shaw Cross next Thursday.

In the Premier Division, Lock Lane slipped to a third successive defeat when they lost 30-0 at home to Wath Brow Hornets.

Lane host West Hull this Saturday.

Castleford Panthers lost 58-22 at home to Division Three rivals Ryland Sharks after trailing 28-12 at half-time.

Panthers began brightly with two tries in the first 10 minutes by Johnny Brummit and Ryan Martin.

However, they could not build on their good start and Ryland dominated the remainder of the first-half, scoring 28 unanswered points.

Ryland carried on at the start of the second half as they finished the first.

To their credit, Panthers kept battling away and completed the scoring with tries by Jamie Chappell and Charlie Jones. Ben Brailsford kicked three goals. Panthers thanked match day sponsor Craig Poskitt. They visit fellow strugglers Gateshead Storm this Saturday.