Lock Lane too good for lowly neighbours Lions

Featherstone Lions forward Joe Fox takes on two Lock Lane tacklers in Friday evening's game at Mill Pond Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Buck.
Featherstone Lions forward Joe Fox takes on two Lock Lane tacklers in Friday evening's game at Mill Pond Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Buck.

FEATHERSTONE Lions slipped deeper into relegation trouble in National Conference League Division One with a 37-10 home defeat against derby rivals Lock Lane.

The Castleford side led 16-4 at half-time and added four second-half tries to run out impressive winners.

Lane’s young team looked fitter and better organised than Lions who struggled to find inspiration in attack and defended poorly at times.

Lane’s Sam Pycock and Joe Willock each scored two tries and Ryan Backhouse, Jonny Brummitt and Lee Land also crossed for the visitors.

Land kicked five goals including a drop goal.

Lane took control by scoring a converted try in virtually their first attack.

Lions, with Joe Fox making a welcome return to their side, rallied, with Danny Glassell going close to scoring.

Captain Ian Jackson then rescued the home team with a crucial tackle when their defence was split wide open up the middle.

Danny Glasssell and Jack Ratcliffe were also prominent in defence as Lions soaked up further Lane pressure.

Fox made two strong breaks, one of which saw him feed Scott Wilson who had an excellent game for the home team. Wilson then fed Josh Blackmore who was knocked into touch inches from the try line.

Lane then scored their second try from a chip kick to increase their lead to 10-0.

Jake Perkins put some life into lowly Lions by opening their account by dancing his way through for a solo try wide out.

Wilson, Davi Garahan and Fox had tilts as Featherstone pressed again but Lane held firm. A missed tackle by Lions then proved costly as Lock Lane scored again to stretch their lead to 12 points.

Lions threatened before half-time. Fox broke clear and fed Blackmore who chipped the defence but the ball went dead.

Featherstone made the started to the second-half that they needed.

Harry McAllister and Wilson made some good yards before Jackson regathered the ball from his own high kick to put in Blackmore for a try that Jackson goaled.

With Danny Glassell and Ratcliffe to the fore, Lions briefly threatened to turn the game round but Lane then took complete command.

With lively hooker Craig Savage dominating the game from the ruck, the visitors ran away with the game, adding four tries, two conversions and Land’s drop goal.

Lions, who are second bottom, will look to bounce back from their dreadful second-half showing when they host third-placed Milford Marlins on Saturday (2.30pm).

Lock Lane will have the chance to climb to fourth place on Saturday when they host York Acorn, the side immediately above them who are one point ahead of them.