Feather-stunners turn on style in 16-try derby win

Riley Barker in action for Featherstone Lions under nines in a recent game. Barker scored three tries against Castleford Panthers. Picture: Lauren Twigg Photography.
Riley Barker in action for Featherstone Lions under nines in a recent game. Barker scored three tries against Castleford Panthers. Picture: Lauren Twigg Photography.

Featherstone Lions under nines gave a stunning display to totally dominate Sunday’s derby game against hard-working Castleford Panthers.

Lions excelled in attack and defence, scoring 16 tries and conceding just one.

Riley Barker, Zack Clegg and Jack Twigg all scored hat-tricks.

Opposition coach’s MOM Jake Agar, who again impressed, put Lions on their way with the first of his double.

There was great defensive work by Featherstone’s Alfie Bailey, Jackson Wood and top tackler award winner Roby Cumiskey who scored a length of the field try.

Sponsors MOM Twigg set up- tries for half back partner Freddie Frankland and Clegg before bagging the first of his three.

Frankland scored his second with a brilliant solo effort.

Lions MOM Logan Thomas made telling breaks and tackled superbly throughout.

Clegg’s support play and tackling earned him the 100 per cent effort certificate.

Jensen Connolly defended excellently, Harry Parker was a constant threat, Jackson Wood ran strongly and try scorer Max Hobson showed his class.

Most improved award winner Barker had one of his best games to date.

Harley Telford’s workrate was again outstanding and George Everett’s all round progress was again evident in a near perfect Lions performance.

Featherstone Lions under 12s warmed up for this morning’s (Sunday) Challenge Cup final against Emley Moor at Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium (10.30am kick-off) with a 32-4 win against Heworth.

Full-back Alfie Beresford’s try put Lions ahead.

Forwards Maddox Jeffrey and Jack Limbert bossed the middle and wingers Evan Haytack and Charlie Parkin exploited gaps out wide.

Parents’ MOM Josh Carrington barged his way over and powerful centre Billy Nadin then crossed.

Bailey Ambler and Adam Barstow added fresh legs from the bench.

In the second period, Billy Finnerty scored out wide and Jaiden Tang’s clever break saw opposition coach’s MOM Nadin race in for his second long range try.

Substitute Henry Warrender did a fine job.

Hooker Eli Saul won the man of steel award for his mature organisational display.

Outstanding defender award winner Beresford made several try-saving tackles.

Josh Perkins and Derren Hey worked hard.

Carrington cleverly set up the final try for Finnerty.

Zinzan Barden returned to the side and was back to his aggressive best, earning the outstanding effort award.

Finnerty added three conversions and Beresford kicked one to round off a tremendous Featherstone team performance against large opponents.