Sharks bag first victory

SHAW CROSS Sharks have finally got off the mark in National Conference League Division One following a hard-fought 30-22 win at home to Ince Rose Bridge.

Sam Ottewell was the hosts’ star man as he helped his side overturn a 10-6 half-time deficit to complete their first win of the season.

Ryan Eccleston gave Ince a 12th-minute lead with a fine try and on the half-hour mark the visitors were in the ascendancy following Chris Boylan’s touchdown.

The Sharks got right back into the contest on the stroke of half time, however, going over for their first try of the match thanks to Ryan Chalkley.

But it was the Sharks’ start to the second half that won the home side the game.

The Leeds Road outfit ran in three tries to build up a healthy 24-10 advantage. Ross Roebuck, Ottewell and Danny Flowers all crossed the Ince whitewash.

Kieron Murphy did his best to get the away side back into the game with a try, as did Ben Toothill, whose touchdown made it 24-22 for a nervy end to the game for Shaw Cross.

But the Sharks secured their win with a Thomas Ripley try late on followed by a Flowers penalty.

The victory climbs Shaw Cross to 12th in the league as they look to close in on the sides above them with a win away at Elland tomorrow (Saturday, 2.30pm).

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