SHAW CROSS Sharks eased their relegation worries in National Conference League Division One with an impressive 26-12 home win over promotion-chasers Underbank Rangers.
Shaw Cross caused their opponents a host of problems throughout the match but Rangers’ cause wasn’t helped when the game erupted just before the half-time break and Courtney Allette was sent off.
Sam Ottewell gave the Sharks a great start with a fifth-minute try. Ryan Chalkley landed the resultant conversion.
Tries from Josh Atkinson and a second from Ottewell saw the Sharks lead 14-0 at half-time but things got ugly just before the whistle.
Allette was sent off for running in and throwing a punch with the Sharks’ Jack Gledhill and Rangers’ Alex Chatterton ALSO sin-binned for punching.
The visitors got back to within two points early in the second half.
Player-coach Richard Knight crossed for a try four minutes after the restart with one for Kris Harrop four minutes later.
But the Sharks regained the momentum with tries from Tom Stuckey and John Rourke to ensure the hosts took maximum points from the physical encounter.
The in-form Sharks currently sit 10th in the table, but hope to extend their winning run when they travel to face Rangers for the return fixture in the Division One campaign (Sat September 3, 2.30pm).