The last thread went a little off track. But here is a View from the South Stand by Ossy - Does he connect with how you feel as a supporter?
SWINTON LIONS 37 DEWSBURY RAMS 31.
I know it’s still early doors, but it’s clearly going to be quite a season, and I can’t help wondering how much we might come to regret the points we lost at the Leigh Sports Village today. As a game it was fine; for the neutrals that is; only there weren’t too many of them in what proved to be a disappointing crowd yesterday.
Right from the kick off the Lions were throwing the ball around, though it was Dewsbury who opened the scoring with a try from Shane Grady out on the right. It was a good start, but unfortunately Dale Morton’s knock on at the restart gave the Lions the chance to hit back straight away which they did with Danny Halliwell going over for their first try. Gareth O’Brien added the conversion to edge them into a short lived lead.
This was proving to be an end to end game. Pressure from the Rams forced Swinton to kick out from under their posts and Wayne Godwin went over on the left. Tom Hemingway’s conversion edged them into the lead at 6 – 10 and five minutes later Shane Grady extended that lead, going over for his second try wide on the right. Hemingway’s excellent conversion extended the lead still further and I began to relax. Of course I should have known better because the Lions hit back right away with their own try, James Brown going over to the left of the posts and 0’Brien’s conversion narrowing the gap to 12 – 16.
There then followed a questionable decision from the referee when Rams second row Scott Hale appeared to race over and score by the posts only for Mr. Sweet to rule that Lion Richie Hawkyard had got his hand under the ball at the last. It was probably a game changing decision. The result was a twenty metre drop out and right away Swinton were back on the attack, Kevin Penney crossing for the try and O’Brien adding the conversion to edge them back into the lead at 18 – 16 as the half time whistle sounded.
It was still an end to end game, and Rams were back in front early in the second half with a try from Tom Hemingway who also added the conversion. Once again the lead was short lived though, O’Brien chasing down Brown’s kick to score the try before adding the conversion.
We were behind again and the play from both sides was getting a little desperate, though Tommy Gallagher’s try converted by Hemingway edged the Rams back in front at 24 – 28 with some twenty minutes left on the clock. Some of the tackling was a bit questionable around this period, both Tommy Gallagher and Stephen Nash being forced to leave the field, while Wayne Grady also had to receive treatment.
Swinton were lasting the pace better though, and hooker Andy Ackers went over under the posts and O’Brien edged them back into a two point lead with the conversion that followed. Even now the Rams hit back, a 68th minute penalty from Hemingway levelling the scores at 31 apiece.
And so it went on, Kieran Hyde’s drop goal edged the Rams in front with some eight minutes left, only for O’Brien to level matters again a short while later. By this time the crowd had pretty much chewed their fingernails to the bone and the game could still have gone either way. Unfortunately, (for the Rams that is), it went to the Lions with ex Ram Luke Menzies, (a prop I might add), bursting through and outpacing the Dewsbury defence to score the decisive try. With O’Brien adding the conversion the game was almost over, though the restart was collected by Lions hooker Ackers who raced down the touchline before being hauled down by Greg Scott as the final hooter sounded.
Final score :- Swinton Lions 37 Dewsbury Rams 31.
To be honest I was disappointed. We seemed to lack spirit at times and played with a naivete which doesn’t bode well for the tough games we have to come over the next few weeks. The injury situation doesn’t look good either with Aaron Brown getting around on crutches and several others not faring too well.
Ah well, it’s The Bulldogs next, all we can do is hope that it really is a ‘Good’ Friday for Dewsbury Rams
Teams :- Swinton :- Richie Hawkyard; Kevin Penney; Jacque Peet; Danny Helliwell; Ben Warrilow; Gareth O’Brien; Ian Watson; Mike Morrison; Andy Ackers; Luke Menzies; Kash Watkins; Darren Hawkyard; James Brown. Subs :- Lewis Hulme; Zach Johnson; Glenn Riley; Josh Barlow.
Dewsbury :- Kieran Hyde; Dale Morton; Karl Pryce; Shane Grady; Greg Scott; Tom Hemingway; Anthony Thackeray; Makali Aizue; Wayne Godwin; Ewan Dowes; Ryan Hepworth; Scott Hale; Rob Spicer. Subs :- Tommy Gallagher; Ryan Wright; Stephen Nash; Matthew Haggerty.
Attendance :- 412
Referee :- Andy Sweet.
Edited by Official Rams Updates, 14 April 2014 - 07:33 PM.