Lions will need to lift their game

Dean Gamble was in excellent form for Lions. Picture: John Clifton.
Dean Gamble was in excellent form for Lions. Picture: John Clifton.

National Conference League Division Three leaders Featherstone Lions completed a double over Heworth with Saturday’s 42-0 home win.

However, unbeaten Lions will have to lift their game for this Saturday’s Conference Challenge Trophy clash at Cumbrian side Egremont.

They were lacking their usual attacking flair and their discipline was poor against Heworth. On the plus side, Matty Johnson made his mark after a injury lay-off, scoring two tries, while Dan Dixon had his best game of the season.

Front row men Scott Wilson, Dean Gamble and evergreen Craig Barker did lots of hard graft in the blistering heat. Ian Jackson capped a fine display with six goals from six kicks.

Ian Jackson’s clever break saw Ricky William score the first try. Silly penalties put Lions under pressure but Barker, Conner Walker and Gamble defended well to thwart Heworth.

Dixon then beat five men in a 90-yard run to score the game’s best try. Despite having a player sin-binned, Lions continued to dominate.

Gamble and Wilson split open Heworth’s defence for Johnson to burst through to score. Lions then lost captain Daniel Glassell with a nasty cut and minutes later they had a man sent off.

Leading 18-0 at the break, they shot further ahead in the second period. Gamble’s superb crash tackle saw Heworth spill the ball and Lions capitalised when Jake Perkins scored a 35-ard solo try.

Gamble, who had a big second-half, made a fine run which saw Walker caught inches fom the line. Seconds later Gamble’s break saw Johnson smash his way through for his second try.

Debutant Chris Box made several excellent runs before Anthony Yates found a gap and hared 50 yds for a try.

Lions then lost Williams with a cut to his nose and, with the searing heat taking its toil, the game became untidy and littered with errors.

Lions sprung back to life when Johnson popped up a superb defence splitting pass to Perkins who danced his way past three defenders to score.

Barker’s break then sent in Davi Garahan for Featherstone’s final try that Candlin goaled. Lions coach Jamie Rooney will be hoping for a much improved display at Egremont. With players set to return after injuries, suspension or work commitments, he could have a hard choice picking his 17 men.

In Division Two, Castleford Panthers lost 56-22 at Kells. Panthers were 28-12 at the break and finished with tries to Daniel Moxon, Ryan Martin, Jordan Holder and Lee Cartwright. Cartwright (two) and Oliver Bloom kicked goals.