Lions have to wait to find out Floodlit Cup final opponents

Craig Barker, try scorer for Featherstone Lions.
Craig Barker, try scorer for Featherstone Lions.
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Featherstone Lions are the first team to qualify for the final of the Castleford & Featherstone ARL’s Edgar Hanson Floodlit Cup.

The Lions are in the decider courtesy of a 34-18 semi-final win over Lock Lane at the Millpond.

Lock Lane had the better of the opening quarter and established a 10-0 lead with tries by centre Sam Bumball and scrum-half Nathan Fozzard, the latter adding a goal.

Featherstone, however, bounced back with unconverted touchdowns for winger Josh Beecher and prop Craig Barker and went in front two minutes after the restart when winger Dan Dixon raced over.

Scrum-half Jake Perks nosed the Lions further ahead some five minutes later and the home side took firm control with touchdowns for substitute Ricky Williams and Jack Beddis – both of which Perks goaled – as the game headed into the final quarter.

Stand-off Chris Siddons and hooker Craig Duncan replied for the Lane, but Featherstone had the last word when second row Gaz Williams crashed over and Perks improved.

Tonight’s scheduled semi-final between Methley Royals and Upton has been called off because remedial work being done on the pitch at host club Lock Lane that has meant it is out of action until Saturday’s National Conference play-off against Egremont.

Featherstone Lions, the only other side in the area with floodlights, were unable to stage the game at short notice so the match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 30 at a venue to be confirmed.