Birstall Vic just lose out to Raiders

Birstall Vic just lose out to Raiders

BIRSTALL VICTORIA couldn’t build on last week’s win as they just lost to Oulton 40-38.

Defence seemed to go out of the window for both teams, with the lead changing six times. Birstall got off to the perfect start, with scrum-half Ryan Jackson scoring on 11 minutes. Matthew Gowland added the conversion.

The next score came from Birstall as they doubled their lead on 16 minutes, hooker Jonathan Stainburn scoring under the posts.

But the next three tries were all scored by Oulton, with some poor one-on-one tackling from Birstall giving the Raiders a 18-12 lead with 10 first-half minutes remaining.

Birstall hit back with centre Ryan Ginnelly’s first of three tries of tries, after good work from Jackson.

Ashley Tomlinson touched down for the visitors, after receiving a great pass from Braden Hunter, but unfortunately for Birstall it was Oulton who completed the first-half scoring, giving them a 24-22 lead.

After only two second-half minutes Ginnelly wrestled the lead back with his second of the game, but the hosts were back in control again with two quickfire tries.

Birstall’s Sam Thornton scored next on 65 minutes, but Oulton hit back again.

Ginnelly completed his hat-trick with five minutes of the game to go, to set up a grandstand finish with the score at 40-38 to Oulton.

In the last five minutes Oulton gave Victoria every chance to win the game, spilling the ball twice in their own half, but it just wasn’t to be Birstall’s day and they couldn’t cross the line for the win.

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