SHAW CROSS Sharks were defeated by a two-point margin for a second successive week in the NCL Division One.
Two unconverted tries proved enough for visitors Hunslet Club Parkside to leave with the two points after a closely-fought 8-6 game.
Head coach Brett Turner thought his side were unlucky to not get something from the game. “We gave it a really good dig, I am proud of the boys,” said Turner.
“They are hot favourites for the league and they were meant to come here and walk all over us, but we put in a really spirited performance and our defence was fantastic.
“Our attack was a little bit lacking but we have a lot of new players in the team so things like that will take a little bit of time to click, you can always improve a team that can defend.
“Last week I was disappointed because we really should have won, but Hunslet are a very, very good team and we have contained them, we could’ve snatched a draw at the end but I’m very happy with the performance.”
Hunslet opened the scoring with just over 10 minutes played. A swift passing move to the left gave winger Danny Harrison the space to get over.
Cross had a long period of sustained pressure in the middle of the half but were unable to convert it into points.
Parkside were put on a team warning five minutes into the second half after Shaw Cross winger Joe Halloran was caught with a high tackle, but the visitors added their second try on 51 minutes, quick hands putting Omar Alwari over.
Mark Stubley was sent to the bin for dissent before the visitors were put on another team warning with 10 minutes remaining.
Sam Ottewell raced onto a clever kick from Danny Flowers to touch down between the posts and give Sharks a lifeline.
Stubley returned but the visitors were soon back down to 12 men as Danny Harrison was sin-binned for stealing the ball.
When Parkside were penalised for holding down in the tackle Flowers went for goal but his effort was just wide and the full time whistle went seconds later.
Shaw Cross travel to St Helens to face Blackbrook tomorrow (Sat, 2.30pm).