BIRSTALL VICTORIA made it three away wins in a row with a 38-24 victory, but again conceded some soft tries in the second half to keep the young Drighlington side in the game.
The home side scored the first try of the game on four minutes but the next half-hour was all about Birstall’s outstanding pace around the ruck from player-coach Brendan Sheridan.
Playing at hooker, Sheridan notched the first Victoria try on seven minutes with a great solo effort from a play the ball to score untouched under the posts.
Victoria added four further first half tries and man of the match Sheridan played a part in them all.
Running from dummy half on 10 minutes, he put winger Damien Fletcher clear to score.
Then, on 22 minutes, loose forward Ryan Jackson received Sheridan’s pass to score under the posts.
Fletcher added his second on 24 minutes with a carbon copy of his first try and four minutes later scrum half Tony Aubrey was first to react to Sheridan’s kick and score Birstall’s final points of the half.
Drighlington completed the first half scoring with a short range effort from dummy half, making the half time score 10-28.
Birstall were slow to take any advantage of the slope in the second half and Drighlington ran in three tries, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive play to cut the deficit to four points.
With only 10 minutes remaining, Birstall managed to re-group and added two further tries, first from centre Braden Hunter and then from second row forward Jonny Parrish.
Mick Dyson converted the Parrish try, adding to his four conversions from the first half.
Victoria’s next game is at home against Airedale Cougars tomorrow (Saturday 3pm).