Storming finish lifts Lock Lane to second place

Skipper Chris Siddons sparked Lock Lane's fightback. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Skipper Chris Siddons sparked Lock Lane's fightback. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
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Lock Lane climbed to second in the National Conference League’s Premier Division after producing a storming finish in a 40-26 win at East Leeds.

They scored four converted long range tries in the last quarter of the match.

At 26-16 down with 20 minutes left and the East Leeds pack on top, it seemed highly improbable until a magnificent late surge saw the visitors home.

Lane scored in the first minute when Danny Rowse’s high kick set up a try for Tom Wood and Rowse added the first of his six goals.

East Leeds dominated the rest of the half.

Two converted tries and a penalty saw them lead 14-6 but Lane cut the gap to four points when Rowse and Wood sent in teenager Joe Capless.

In the second-half, Jimmy Cryer finished good work by the backs and Rowse converted to put Lane 16-14 up but East Leeds replied with two converted tries in quick succession to lead 26-16.

Captain Chris Siddons sparked Lane’s fightback with a 60th minute try.

East Leeds still dominated territory and possession as Lane tried too hard and dropped several passes in good field position but the home side were left to rue conceding too many penalties .

With ninene minutes left, Lane second rower Craig Jeffels, who ran strongly all game, scored a converted try.

Siddons smashed through near the line four minutes later before full-back Mikey Hayward supported a superb midfield break to clinch the game with a minute remaining.

Hayward was awarded the MOM.

Siddons set a great lead despite being targeted with several high shots and centre Adam Garlick made good use of space and footwork in midfield late on to carve through the home side’s tiring defence.

Lane will have to improve their defence, discipline and handling this Saturday as they host champions West Hull.