Lock Lane gave an outstanding second-half display in Saturday’s 48-16 win against Egremont Rangers to clinch a home tie in the next round of the National Conference League Premier Division play-offs.
With the return to action of several players who had been missing in recent weeks, Lock Lane made an excellent start. They went ahead after eight minutes when Andy Matthews was first to react when Danny Rowse’s kick on the last tackle was charged down.
Matthews scooped up the ball and raced 40 yards to pave the way for Adam Garlick and Luke Tagg to send in Phil Lythe at the corner.
Rowse added the first of his eight goals and his pass then put in Chris Tudor for Lane’s second try.
Egremont replied with three well taken tries, two of which were converted, before Lane regained control to take a 26-16 interval lead.
The introduction of substitute Steve Scott after 25 minutes swung the game back Lane’s way.
The six feet four inch tall Scott proved unstoppable near the try line in the closing minutes of the half, powering over for two converted tries.
Lane dominated the second-half after improving their defensive intensity, discipline and ball control.
Robbie Mawson darted over from acting half before Nicky Saxton’s overhead pass sent in Saxton for his second touchdown.
Joe Burton’s neat grubber near the line then caught Egremont napping and captain Chris Siddons capitalised to score.
Garlick went over from a set move to complete the scoring.
Rowse was the Riverside Car Sales man of the match, followed by Scott and Siddons. Hooker Paul Brown, prop Bart Hold and Saxton won the supporters’ vote.