Shaw Cross and Bulls share spoils

SKIRLAUGH travelled to Shaw Cross looking for revenge after losing to the Sharks earlier in the season, but both teams had to settle for a point in a 16-16 draw.

The Hull side took the lead form a well worked try to go 6-0 ahead, Harry Gotts getting the try after ten minutes of play. Carl Puckering converted.

But the Sharks came back with some strong running from Robbie Byatt, Greg Wilby and Luke Hudson creating the position for Adam Masson to charge over for an unconverted try.

Further pressure from the forwards and some great play from man of the match Jordan Anderson paved the way for another Sharks’ try from Ryan Chalkley. Danny Flowers added the extras to give the home side a 10-6 lead.

As Shaw Cross looked to be gaining the edge, Skirlaugh picked up a loose ball on their 20-metre line and the visitors broke clear, Puckering scoring an 80-metre interception under the posts, making it easy for him to convert his own score and give his side a 12-10 advantage gong into half-time.

As the second half began the game was still close, with nothing to choose between either side.

However the away side extended their lead on 66 minutes. A Skirlaugh kick went high in the air, and after a perfect bounce, the ball landed in the arms of Mark Smith who dived over for an unconverted try for the Bulls.

Despite the six-point advantage, Skirlaugh weren’t in control of the game and Shaw Cross, led by the experienced Andrew Fawkes and John Rourke, were driving them forward to get back in the game.

Substitute Will Poching and Jack Gledhill tested the visitors’ defence and with 10 minutes remaining a superb offload from Wilby put Chalkley in for his second try, the conversion from Flowers levelled the score at 16-16.

In the dying minutes the Sharks piled the pressure on, as Flowers had a drop-goal attempt charged down, while Anderson was tackled over the line unable to ground the ball, as the game finished all square.

Shaw Cross are home tomorrow (Sat) again as they play high-flying York Acorn at Leeds Road (2.30pm).

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