Rams save season in dying seconds

Rams save season in dying seconds



DOUBLE HAUL: Gregg Scott opened the Rams' account before snatching victory during the closing seconds DOUBLE HAUL: Gregg Scott opened the Rams' account before snatching victory during the closing seconds

GREGG SCOTT not only rescued three points as he and his fellow Rams battled play-off rivals York, he saved Dewsbury's season.

That was the verdict from head coach Glenn Morrison, whose side were in all kinds of trouble by the interval.

The Championship, in 2013, has been all about fine margins. Defeat here would have dropped Dewsbury into 11th spot, with a dreaded relegation dogfight on the horizon.

Though thankfully the Rams were able to respond and they did so admirably.

Centre Scott had opened the hosts' account seven minutes in and he closed it out with another try during the dying seconds to cruelly deny the visiting City Knights.

But the Rams' fightback had begun some time before as on-loan hooker Adam O'Brien cancelled out what looked a match-winning York try.

Desire and effort could not be faulted, but the Rams were seriously lacking in cohesion and overall quality.

And boss Morrison will expect much better in the coming weeks as the Rams move to cement their place in the top eight.

"I said if we had not have won then our season was over," said the Australian head coach.

"That second half was probably the most important half of footy we’ve played this season so far.

“To our credit we dug in there and won it in the last minute and that’s what good teams do.

"But we were dumb in the first 40, which is what I said to the boys at half-time. In the end, York were unlucky not to win.

“The desire from the boys, especially in the last 20 minutes, was really pleasing. But we really should be winning these sorts of games.”

It seemed the City Knights would break the deadlock as Dougie Flockhart almost made the most of a deflected kick.

However, it was the home side that drew first blood.

A penalty on half-way gave returning scrum-half Jonathan Schofield the position to put in a cross-field kick. Scott collected and tussled his way through to cross.

Despite Dewsbury boasting territorial advantage for long periods, the Knights struck back with Jack Lee, Ben Johnston and Tom Carr combining to send Flockhart over. Carr then added the extras to give the away side a narrow lead.

With their tails up, the City Knights extended their advantage through Sam Scott following a dreadful Dale Morton error.

And a Carr penalty goal then put the visiting outfit eight points up going into the break.

Dewsbury had the opportunity to strike following the restart when interchange Bobbie Goulding Jnr was put through.

But some heroic defending saw the son of former GB star Bobbie Snr's offload fall short of oncoming support.

France international Kane Bentley then almost put Scott Hale in at the corner, only for a magnificent George Elliot intercept to halt the Dewsbury charge.

Elliot broke to the half-way mark, putting the wheels in motion for Jonny Presley and Carr to feed in Aaron Lyons for a try out wide.

By this stage, the Rams were trailing by 12 points and were staring down both barrels.

Their whole campaign and worst still their Championship future were suddenly on the line.

And as if a team-talk along those lines had been had, the Rams hit back immediately.

York's Presley coughed up the kick-off, deflecting the ball back to the home side.

And that allowed dual-registered Bradford Bull Adam O’Brien to dive over from acting half, Goulding improved to cut the arrears.

Full-back turned wingman James Craven scored in the corner during the minutes that following, having latched onto a season-saving Schofield bomb.

Goulding's conversion attempt swung agonisingly wide of the uprights, meaning York still held a two-point advantage going into the closing 11 minutes.

Cue the nail-biting finale.

With just five minutes left on the Tetley's Stadium clock, it seemed Craven had done enough after York wingman Elliot let a kick slip through his hands.

But referee Chris Leatherbarrow chalked off Craven's effort, with his touch judge insisting the ball head run dead prior to grounding.

Even still, the Rams continued to mount immense pressure.

And the resulting goal-line dropout resulted in front-rower Stephen Nash going close, despite dropping the ball just inches short.

Former Batley boss Gary Thornton and his City Knights celebrated as though the game was finally sewn up.

But Morrison's men had other ideas.

And with less than 40 seconds remaining, when it seemed all was lost, one-time Super League star Karl Pryce finally imposed himself.

Practically invisible for most of the game, the 6ft 7ins three-quarter produced some late heroics.

His spectacular offload paved the way for Scott to grab match-winning score, Goulding goaling to rub salt deep into the Knights' wounds.

RAMS: Dale Morton 8; Gregg Scott 7; Karl Pryce 7; Brad Watkinson 7; James Craven 7; Kieran Hyde 7; Jonathan Schofield 8; Stephen Nash 7; Adam O'Brien 8; Ryan Hepworth 7; Lucas Walshaw 7; Scott Hale 7; Kane Bentley 7. Subs: Bobbie Goulding 8; Josh Tonks 7; Rob Spicer 7; Ben Jones 7.

Tries: Scott (7, 79), O'Brien (56), Craven (68)

Goals: Goulding 2/3, Morton 0/1

CITY KNIGHTS: Tom Carr 8; George Elliot 8; Aaron Lyons 8; Jack Latus 7; Dougie Flockhart 7; Ben Johnston 7; Jonny Presley 8; Nathan Freer 7; Jack Lee 8; Jack Aldous 7; Sam Scott 7; Ed Smith 7; Joe Pickets 7. Subs: Kris Brining 7; Luke Stenchion; Sam Latus 7; Adam Sullivan 7.

Tries: Flockhart (16), Scott (31), Lyons (54)

Goals: Carr 2/4

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow

Half-Time: 4-12

Penalties: 9-5

Sin-Bin: None

Sent-Off: None

Attendance: 739

ThePress Man of The Match: Jonathan Schofield – Returned to further justify a rumoured new contract

Weather: Humid & Sunny

Match Rating: 5/5

By Ryan Sparks

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