Stags and Sharks on top

Stags and Sharks on top

MIRFIELD STAGS and Shaw Cross Sharks both top their Pennine League divisions after maintaining their winning starts to the season last weekend.

The Stags made it three wins out of three to open their Division One campaign with a 38-12 success at Almondbury Spartans.

Playing down the slope in the first half, Mirfield fell behind to an early penalty goal but rallied to post tries through Ryan Fenton, Casey Canterbury and Connor Squires to lead 16-6 at the break.

They then made a fast start to the second half to establish full control. Tom Coates crossed for a second-half hat-trick while Dom Flanagan also grabbed a try to ease the visitors to victory. Wayne Wilson kicked five conversions from seven attempts.

Mirfield head coach Richard Silverwood said: “They certainly came out the traps quicker than us playing up hill and we just about hung on in that first half, so credit to the lads.

“The second half playing uphill we found it easier to get better ruck speed and we came up with some classy tries, which were usually topped off by some outstanding goal-kicking by Wayne Wilson.”

The Stags are level on points in the table with Upton, and the top two go head-to-head in Mirfield tomorrow (Saturday).

Elsewhere in the division, Hanging Heaton suffered their first loss of the season in a 26-4 defeat at Sharlston Rovers, and will host Almondbury Spartans tomorrow.

Shaw Cross moved to the summit in Division Two with an impressive 50-10 victory at home to South Yorkshire Eagles.

It was only 18-10 at half-time as the visitors found two replies following tries from Ben Ripley, Callum Barker and Nathan Wright.

The Sharks hit top form to score 32 unanswered points in the second half, with Sam Ottewell notching a double and Barker going over for his second of the match.

Sam Bastow, Brad Baines and Brandan French also crossed late on for Shaw Cross, who will look to retain top spot tomorrow when they face a battle of the Sharks at Seacroft.

Thornhill Trojans are in third place in the table after a 12-4 win at Fryston Warriors, and they face a home tie against Allerton Bywater tomorrow.

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