Chances go begging as sloppy Featherstone Lions lose out

Featherestone Lions' Gareth Gale wraps up Shaw Cross's flying winger. Picture: Jonathan Buck
Featherestone Lions' Gareth Gale wraps up Shaw Cross's flying winger. Picture: Jonathan Buck

Everything that could go wrong seemingly did so as Featherstone Lions suffered a second successive defeat in Division One of the National Conference.

Up against an ordinary Shaw Cross Sharks side the Lions went down 11-10 in one of their most woeful performances of recent times.

The Featherstone side made too many mistakes, had no structure and played mostly one up rugby as they struggled to create chances.

When they did make opportunities they then bombed what looked certain tries four times with schoolboy errors.

Shaw Cross took full advantage of Lions’ errors and penalties and just did the basics right to get the win.

Scott Glassell, George Nuttall and Conner Paver did some early defending near their own line before Glassell and the in-form Scott Wilson went close for the Lions.

It was the Sharks that opened the scoring when they successfully moved the ball out wide for the first try.

But back came Featherstone as Brendan Gibbins, Wilson and Jake Perkins went close before Glassell went over from acting-half. Ian Jackson’s conversion made it 6-4.

Gibbins again made good yards, but the hosts then had a try ruled out and some feeble attempts to stop a Cross attacker led to a converted try, putting Shaw Cross 10-6 up.

Featherstone looked to have hit back again when Keiran Redfearn picked up a loose ball and raced 50 metres downfield for what looked a certain try only to lose the ball inches from the line.

The Sharks added a drop-goal and led 11-6 at half-time.

Lions came under pressure at the start of the second half, but survived it and attacked themselves. Scott Glassell looked sure to score as he hared 55 metres before losing the ball over the try-line to the amazement of his team-mates.

Rich Frankland, Danny Gilbert and Glassell went close before the Lions finally had more points to cheer with Gaz Gale going over wide out.

With no conversion the hosts remained a point ahead. Lions were then awarded a kickable penalty, but declined the offer and Perkins became the next player to lose the ball as he was aiming to cross the try-line.

The visitors thought they had stolen the points late on when Gale went over, but the referee ruled out a score, stating he had dropped the ball over the line.

It was one of those days for the Lions when they could have won by a big margin yet somehow ended up on the losing side. But they know they must get things right soon to avoid dropping down the league.

Their next game is against leaders Thornhill Trojans at the Mill Pond on Saturday week, 2.30pm.