Lions aiming for hat-trick of promotions

Anthony Yates scored Featherstone's first try against Underbank on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Buck.
Anthony Yates scored Featherstone's first try against Underbank on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Buck.

Featherstone Lions have set their sights on winning promotion for a third successive season.

They are third in Division One, just four points adrift of leaders Thatto Heath Crusaders, after Saturday’s 32-16 home win against Underbank Rangers.

Danny Glassell gave his best display this season for Lions who did well to survive a spell of 24 consecutive tackles near their own try line early in the second-half.

After weathering that spell of pressure, Lions struck an important blow when Danny Glassell intercepted on his own line and raced half the length of the field before putting in Kieron Redfearn for a crucial try.

Danny Glassell, Joe Fox and Dean Gamble were outstanding in the home pack.

Teenager Jack Townend had his best run out of the season and Ian Jackson was rock solid at the heart of the Lions defence.

Rich Frankland and Jake Perkins worked hard at half back.

Lacking several players because of holidays, Lions coach Jamie Rooney had to make some positional switches but his side were quickly into their stride when Fox’s excellent break saw Anthony Yates score.

Rangers replied with a converted try but Lions swiftly regained control when Danny Glassell, despite carrying a niggling injury, grabbed a solo try.

Redfearn made a fine tackle and Gamble, Frankland, Fox and Scott Glassell were also prominent in defence.

Gamble increased Featherstone’s lead by darting over for a try, with Ian Jackson adding the first of his four goals.

Strong-running Fox then went in from 25 yards out to put Lions 20-6 ahead at the break.

Superb tackling by Gamble, Brendon Gibbins, Danny Glassell and Frankland saw Lions survive Underbank’s onslaught early in the period before Danny Glassell set up Redfearn’s vital score.

Danny Glassell’s 45 yard break and swift handling then saw Yates go close before Frankland raced 55 yards before parting to Jackson who finished in style.

Lions then had a man harshly sin-binned and Rangers took advantage to score two tries.

Scott Glassell had an effort ruled offside before Featherstone had a player sent off in the final minute.

Lions host Hunslet Warriors at Mill Pond Stadium this Saturday (2.30pm kick-off).

Featherstone have a home tie against East Leeds in the Conference Challenge Trophy quarterfinals next month.