Lions and Lane still looking for first victories

Lock Lane's Ethan Flowers takes on two Normanton tacklers in Saturday's Division One derby match. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Lock Lane's Ethan Flowers takes on two Normanton tacklers in Saturday's Division One derby match. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

WINLESS teams Featherstone Lions and Lock Lane both slipped to their second defeats in National Conference League Division One.

Lock Lane lost 40-12 at derby rivals Normanton Knights and Lions were beaten 24-19 at home by Blackbrook.

Trailing 18-6 at half-time, Lane were unable to turn things round in the second-half.

Their try scorers were Ethan Flowers and Lewis Price, with Connor Land kicking two goals.

Lions showed excellent commitment for most of the game but they need to learn from their own mistakes if they are to start climbing the table.

Chris Bingham was Featherstone’s stand-out player on Saturday.

Dean Gamble and Scott Glassell also got through a lot of work in the forwards while Danny Glassell and Tom Wandless played well in the backs.

Danny Glassell’s excellent tackle foiled an early Blackbrook attack.

Featherstone’s Joe Fox then made a good run before Wandless rescued Lions with a try-saving tackle.

Blackbrook eventually opened the scoring with an unconverted try but Lions swiftly replied. Fox went close before Danny Glassell twisted his way out of a tackle to level the scores.

Featherstone then took control for a spell, with Danny Glassell losing the ball inches from the line after a promising run.

Further Lions pressure saw them snatch the lead when Bingham and Gamble paved the way for Fox to knock aside two defenders to score at the corner. Lions then lost injured James Kitchen before Blackbrook hit back with two tries to lead 12-8 at the break.

Early in the second-half, Featherstone’s Jake Perkins made a timely tackle when their defence was split wide open.

Lions regained the after Danny Glassell’s superb 65 yard run led to them being awarded a penalty. Teenager Adam Crossland used his wits from a quickly taken tap to score beneath the posts and Scott Glassell converted.

The game swung back Blackbrook’s way when they scored a soft try that was converted to put them 18-14 up.

Featherstone’s Jack Ratcliffe made an excellent clearing run after catching a high kick and Perkins did well to deal with a testing chip kick.

Sam Millard and George Nuttall both went close and Gamble was also inches away from scoring before quick handling saw Wandless supply a neat pass to Fox whose try levelled the scores with 10 minutes left.

Scott Glassell nudged Lions ahead with a drop goal but Blackbrook got a crucial converted try three minutes from time. Gamble was halted just short as the visitors held out in the dying seconds.

Lions will aim to get off the mark when they visit neighbours Normanton Knights on Saturday (2.30). Lock Lane host Hull Dockers on Saturday in their first home league game.