Sharks need improvements to avoid relegation scrap

SHAW CROSS Sharks fell to their seventh defeat in ten games after losing 44-18 against National Conference League Division One rivals Featherstone Lions. 

Featherstone ran in eight tries in their demolition of the Sharks.

Joe Fox scored twice and his all round performance earned him the man of the match award.

Danny Glassell opened the scoring with a second-minute try with Fox doubling the tally eight minutes later with a break away to the try line.

Jake Perkins added another and with two Ian Jackson goals the Lions were in command at 16-0.

As half-time approached Shaw Cross hit back when good work by Tom Rodgers found Martyn Holland for a try and Ryan Chalkley converted.

However, the Lions would gain their 16-point lead back with a Davi Garahan try and Jackson conversion.

Two minutes into the second period the Sharks debutant Nathan Wright skipped past two players to touch down.

But a Josh Hardcastle try kept the Lions plodding along before Will Gledhill’s try and Chalkley goal brought the Sharks back to within eight points.

The Sharks couldn’t find a break though, and as the match entered the final quarter it belonged to the home side who ran in three more converted tries. Perkins grabbed his second as did Fox with one from Sam Candlin in between for a resounding victory.

Shaw Cross find themselves in 12th following the loss and need to bounce back quickly if they are to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle this season.

The Sharks’ next league outing is at home to Skirlaugh on Saturday June 11.

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