Sharks and Celtic end losing streaks ahead of derby clash

SHAW CROSS SHARKS ended their losing streak with a comfortable 38-18 win against bottom-of-the-table Millom.

Brett Turner’s men had fallen to eighth in the Division One table with four consecutive losses but put their poor form behind them to record eight tries away from home.

They built up a comfortable lead in the first half thanks to tries from Ben Spaven, Ross Roebuck and Danny Flowers, who all doubled their tallies in the second period, as well as a four-pointer from full-back Derrell Olpherts.

By the 50th minute the Sharks’ winning margin had been nearly doubled after Flowers, Spaven and Roebuck all scored their second tries.

The home side did eventually have some impact on the scoreline, claiming three second half tries – all converted by full-back Ross Brookes.

Ian Armstong got them off the mark on 55 minutes before that score was cancelled out by Ryan Chaukley’s effort.

Millom's Gareth Heasley got their second before substitute Dane Kelly wrapped up the scoring with nine minutes remaining.

Fellow National Conference League rivals DEWSBURY CELTIC dealt Saddleworth Rangers their sixth loss on the bounce in a close game at Crow Nest Park, winning by 29-18.

Anthony Dunford scored three tries as Celtic clinched their first win since March, but they still sit in the relegation places in the spot behind Saddleworth.

The damage was done for Saddleworth in a 10 minute period after half-time.

The home side came out after the restart with a slim 10-6 lead but went on to score three tries before the 53rd minute to amass an unassailable 18-point advantage.

Matty Sheridan and Josh Knowles got the first half tries for the hosts whilst the visitors found the line on one occasion through Benji Lloyd.

Tom Norris dived over in the corner in the 43rd minute before Dunford got a quick-fire double to put Celtic out of sight.

Gareth Morgan and Josh Bradbury touched down for the Rangers to give them a sniff of victory but the game was put to bed when Andy Bates sunk a drop-goal with his second attempt before Dunford completed his hat-trick in the 79th minute.

The two sides meet for their highly-anticipated derby clash tomorrow (Sat) kick-off 2.30pm at Shark Park.

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