Sharks let 17-point lead slip

With 65 minutes gone Shaw Cross Sharks had this game in the bag against Egremont Rangers, but the game was turned on its head when the Premier Division side fought back for the win.

The tie was a game of two halves and the Sharks showed some great form in the opening minutes.

With the game just four minutes old Sharks full-back Sam Ottewell raced through to the line, leaving loose-forward Casey Johnson to land the conversion.

Some 10 minutes later the lead was doubled when second-row forward Ben Spaven went over. Johnson added the extras.

Just after the half-hour substitute Martyn Holland dropped a goal before the visitors.

This was before centre Tom Rodgers crossed a minute before the break, with a 45-metre sprint to the line and things looked to be going exceedingly well for the visitors, and they went in at half-time with a 17-0 lead.

However the home side hit back, and with former England London star Rob Purdham pulling the strings, the Rangers never looked out of the game.

Shaw Cross lost scrum-half Jordan Anderson in the second period with a hip injury and the hosts capitalised.

Second-rower Matt Bewsher scored a converted try 15 minutes from time, and he also added the extras to a Purdham try three minutes later.

The away side suffered more injuries to Jon Rourke and try-scorer Rogers, and the Sharks were beginning to lose a grip on the game.

Egremont finally took the lead with 10 minutes to go when Peter Bewsher went over.

It was a tough lesson for the young Sharks and things got worse when Rangers half-back Paul Corkhill added another for the home side. Bewsher conversion and Egremont were home and dry and into the next round.

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