Rams survive scare to progress in Challenge Cup

DALE MORTON scored two tries as Championship side Dewsbury Rams recovered from a half-time deficit against League One outfit York City Knights to win 30-16 at the Tetley's Stadium and book their place in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

York started with three former Dewsbury players, but it was the current crop of Rams who came out superior in a feisty match at wet and windy Tetley’s Stadium.

James Ford’s team threatened to record an upset and book a potentially fascinating try with one of the Super League big boys, but that honour now falls with Glenn Morrison’s side, who defeated Bradford Bulls in the previous round.

Morrison said there were positives and negatives to the performance,  he said: “York made it difficult for us. But we made it difficult for ourselves in the first half. They are a good side and a credit to rugby league.”

The Knights started the game on the front foot, twice going close in the opening exchanges, but lost out in the sixth phase on both occasions.

Soon after, it looked as though they were being made to pay for a lack of early cutting edge, once Karl Pryce went over from James Glover’s good work. Referee Andrew Sweet deemed a forward pass in the build-up.

With the Rams feeling hard done by, the first disagreement between the two sides occurred when Joel Farrell and James Morland had afters following what the latter deemed to be an unfair tackle.

Farrell and his teammates had more to smile about just after the quarter of an hour mark, when Jack Teanby got the slightest of touches on a long ball forward, doing just enough to touch down in a torrent of rain.

The weather did not have any effect on James Glover, who added the extras from close range, and the lead was extended further just minutes later when Morton touched down in the corner. A long kick across the field just evaded Shane Grady, who distracted the marker, and found its way into the winger’s hands, who had little trouble in crossing the whitewash, which was becoming less visible by the minute.

York’s vociferous away support kept up the spirits, and it paid dividends as the Knights fought their way to a half-time lead.

First, Rich Wilkinson was able to slide under the posts as Dewsbury players stood off the man and allowed him too much space. Danny Nicklas’s subsequent kick slammed back off the woodwork, but the miss was soon forgotten once Kris Brining made his way through the crumbling Dewsbury defence, touching down on the left.

This time Nicklas was spot on with his kick, levelling the scores. Then, on the stroke of half-time, former Dewsbury winger Austin Buchanan went over in the same corner, though there was a suspicion of a forward pass in the build-up. Nicklas added the extras and York went into the break with a 16-10 lead.

Dewsbury took the second half with both hands, levelling within minutes of the restart. Grady supplied Morton with the pass, and the former Wakefield player did the rest, going over on the near side, before Glover’s kick restored parity.

Following a spell in which neither side could dominate, Glover kicked for goal with a penalty, and making no mistake, handed Dewsbury the lead.

Then came three scores in quick succession to put the tie to bed. First, Grant got on the end of a superb kick from Glover, with the tired York defence unable to take him down before he got down over the try line.

Another Glover penalty 10 minutes from time put the game to bed, and Andy Kain got the final score of the night, though there was some fortune about it.

Just metres from the line, his attempted kick through ricocheted off a member of the opposition, dropping back into Kain’s hands to go over unchallenged.

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