Victoria close in on top spot

BIRSTALL Victoria are within a point of top spot in Yorkshire Men’s League Division Four thanks to a convincing 34-6 win over second-placed side Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks.

Strong running centre and man of the match Jonni Parish got the hosts off to a flying start with a try on 10 minutes after he latched onto a Brendan Sheridan pass.

After that Victoria never looked back with further first-half tries coming in the 25th and 30th minutes with prop Matthew Smith and stand off Will Copley supporting Sheridan to take Birstall’s lead to 18-0 at the change of ends.

Sheffield responded in the second half with a try from Tom Dickson which was was converted by James Proctor, but Sheffield’s faint hopes of getting something out of the game were quickly extinguished when Anthony Cox scored on 70 minutes before completing his double eight minutes later.

In between the brace Sheridan grabbed his second of the game, collecting his own clever chip on his way to the line.

Birstall’s next game is away at Garforth Tigers tomorrow (Saturday June 25, 2.30pm).

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