SHAW CROSS SHARKS put up a tough fight against promotion-chasers Skirlaugh in National Conference League Division One, but ultimately fell short losing 36-10.
Josh Steward gave Skirlaugh a great start with an early try before the Sharks hit back with a Tom Rogers try converted by Will Gledhill.
It took Skirlaugh until three minutes from half-time to score again as man-of-the-match Tommy Harrison went in for a try.
Marvin Lee added another four pointer and with three Carl Puckering goals, one a penalty, Skirlaugh led 18-6 at the interval.
A Thomas Stuckey try gave the Sharks hope in the second period but Gledhill’s conversion attempt hit the post.
A Puckering converted try plus one each from Ash Leaming and Lewis Straw and two more Puckering goals gave Skirlaugh their win and kept them in touch with league-leaders Thatto Heath Crusaders.
Defeat leaves Shaw Cross languishing in 11th as they prepare for the visit of Hunlset Warriors (Sat Aug 13, 2.30pm).
Elsewhere Shaw Cross Sharks’ annual summer gala will take place tomorrow (Saturday Aug 13), getting underway at 10.30am.
Five junior age groups will take part from under 7s through to the under 11s and four amateur sides from Wigan and Hull will also be competing.
Food stalls and a beer tent will be set up for the event to provide spectators with refreshments.
The gala will end with the National Conference League Division One clash between Shaw Cross and Hunslet Warriors.