SHAW Cross Sharks A maintained their challenge for top spot with a good 46-12 win over Featherstone Lions.
The Sharks got on the scoreboard after just two minutes when a great kick from Jamie Searby saw winger Alex Whittaker touchdown in the right-hand corner.
Whittaker superbly converted from the touchline for an early 6-0 lead.
The visitors, led by a big forward pack, ran strongly but the Sharks looked too sharp and superb distribution from hooker Sam Bastow got them further ahead, when Martin Woodhead split the defence to cross the line.
It was looking like the home side would run away with the game but Featherstone struck back with a converted try.
However the Sharks returned with a try of their own through 17-year old debutant Joe Halloran.
The young winger collected a great Searby cross-field kick and side-stepped the full back for a neat try to extend the lead to 18-6. Bastow was amongst the action again as he showed a dummy to dive over and give Shaw Cross a comfortable 22-6 lead at half time.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Featherstone scoring a well-worked try but Shaw Cross replying with several scores themselves.
Man of the match Matty Collett constantly broke the Lions’ defence and this allowed Aiden Kaye, Matty Spaven and Joe Halloran to touch down.
Joe Bownass and Jordy Ward took the Sharks’ attack forward and skipper Bastow muscled his way over for his second shortly before the full-time whistle.
Next up for Sharks A is a top-of-the-table clash against Bradford Dudley Hill at Leeds Road tomorrow (Sat 2.30pm).