Lock Lane progress in Conference play-offs

Craig Jeffels in action for Lock Lane against Thatto Heath.
Craig Jeffels in action for Lock Lane against Thatto Heath.
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Lock Lane booked a trip to Siddal in the National Conference Premier Division elimination play-offs on Saturday after a strong finish brought them a 21-20 victory in last weekend’s clash with Thatto Heath Crusaders.

The St Helens side made a bright start and NCL record try-scorer Darren Woods added to his tally with a converted try with eight minutes played.

Heath shut-out Lane for 25 minutes but were fortunate to keep 13 players on the field after a spear tackle on hooker Paul Brown went unpunished.

Lane struggled to make headway but scrum-half Danny Rowse landed a penalty on 28 minutes to get the home side on the scoreboard.

The introduction of second row Craig Jeffels turned the game in Lane’s favour.

Four minutes before the break, stand-off Nathan Fozzard took advantage of continued pressure to cross under the posts. The score was converted by Rowse, who then popped-up to add a drop goal to make it 9-6 at the break.

Lane settled in the second period and were unfortunate not to add to their tally, wing Jimmy Cryer had a try disallowed for offside and fellow winger Joe Capless was forced into touch short of the line.

However, on 54 minutes, a long pass in his own half from loose forward Chris Siddons caught Heath by surprise and full-back Mikey Hayward raced away to score. Rowse added the extras.

The visitors hit back to make it 15-10 with an unconverted try in the corner but with 12 minutes left second row Luke Tagg ran onto a short pass from Siddons to ghost over and Rowse kicked his fourth goal.

Riverside Car Sales MOM was Jeffels while Rowse played his best game for some time.