Lock Lane snatch dramatic win in dying seconds

Lock Lane captain Chris Siddons punches the air in delight
after scoring a last-gasp winning try in Saturday's game against Hull Dockers. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Lock Lane captain Chris Siddons punches the air in delight after scoring a last-gasp winning try in Saturday's game against Hull Dockers. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Lock Lane snatched a 22-18 home victory over National Conference League Premier Division rivals Hull Dockers off the last play of the game.

The last gasp win continued Lane’s excellent start in 2016.

Dockers scored two converted tries in the opening 17 minutes.

They took full advantage of a sluggish and disorganised first-half display by the Castleford side.

In the 19th minute, Lane captain Chris Siddons was sin-binned for punching along with a Dockers player who took exception to a tackle.

Lane’s only first-half points came in the 29th minute when a pass from centre Jimmy Cryer released the supporting Mikey Hayward who sent in Adam Garlick at the corner.

Trailing 12-4 at half-time, it was vital Lane scored first in the second-half.

They quickly got the try they needed when Cryer dived over from close range and Danny Rowse converted to cut the gap to two points.

However, Lane’s patchy display continued and Dockers capitalised on sloppy defensive work to extend their lead to 18-10 with a converted try three minutes later.

The gamebreaker occurred in the 60th minute when Dockers’ second rower Jon Eccles was dismissed for a high tackle on Cryer when the Lane player was in full flight.

Lane used the numerical advantage in the final 20 minutes left to tire the visitors out, though they were still well below their best and made a series of errors in attack.

Australian second rower Royce Geoffrey scored his first try for Lane with an angled run in the 67th minute. Rowse added the extras.

Lane tried desperately hard to score again in the final 10 minutes but as time ran out out victory seemed unlikely after a disjointed attacking performance.

In the final minute, they went 60 yards in five tackles before a speculative punt from stand off Nathan Fozzard found Chris Siddons in space near the line and he dived over to score the winning try to the great relief of the home supporters. Rowse converted and Lane had committed daylight robbery on the Hull side.

Best for Lane were Geoffrey, Hayward and Chris Siddons. Lane, who have won their first two league games, are second in the table, two points behind Leigh Miners Rangers who have have three wins. Lane visit Rochdale Mayfield this Saturday.

Castleford Panthers are still looking for their first win in Division Three after slipping to a second successive defeat with Saturday’s 50-10 loss atCrosfields.

Panthers host Waterhead on Saturday.