“Sharks warming up yesterday afternoon”
Shaw Cross Sharks slipped to an agonising 24-22 away defeat to Underbank Rangers yesterday afternoon, an Underbank penalty kick five minutes from time was enough for the home side to snatch the win.
The Sharks had added the experience of former Super League star Paul March and ex-Batley Bulldogs forward Ash Lindsay to their starting line-up.
Shaw Cross looked a different side to the one who slumped to defeat at Eastmoor Dragons two weeks ago and on another day could have left with the two points.
Head coach Brett Turner was extremely proud of the effort from his players and believed his side deserved to win the game.
“We have massively improved from our pre-season games, there have been a couple of players who have come into the team which has made a big difference, they lifted everyone around them,” said Turner.
“I am bitterly disappointed not to win, we had the better of the game and really should have won, the extra bit of experience certainly helped but unfortunately we aren’t leaving with the points.”
Shaw Cross were first over the line through Nathan Wright, Wright had moved in from the wing into centre and gladly accepted an offload from Brandan French to score in the corner.
Wright almost doubled his and the Sharks’ tally minutes later but knocked the ball on millimetres from the line.
Underbank levelled proceedings as winger Alex Chatterton intercepted the ball 10 metres from his own line and burst away to score under the posts.
Nathan Smith looked to have put Shaw Cross ahead once more as he chipped the ball over the Underbank line and touched down, the referee who was right in front of the play deemed the ball to have gone dead.
The hosts were next on the board as Luke Pogson went over the line by the posts, the conversion was put wide leaving only four points between the sides.
Underbank added another score through winger Johnathan Tinker who was on the end of a set of passes to the left wing, the conversion was unsuccessful.
The Sharks rallied themselves before half-time as they scored two tries to go in leading at the interval, Sam Ottewell scored as he ran onto a pass from Paul March and the full-back raced through a gap to score.
March himself would score with the last play of the half as French, wrapped up by two players, managed to offload the ball to his team mate who gladly accepted to score.
Danny Flowers showed his class as he made it three kicks from three as he found the posts from the touchline.
Underbank regained the lead at the start of the second half as Tinker gathered a cross
field kick unchallenged and went over the line.
Sharks were awarded a penalty close to the posts and opted to kick, Flowers added the two to bring the scores level.
Sharks were awarded another penalty close to the posts as Flowers was dumped off the ball, Flowers stepped up and added the two to put Sharks ahead.
Two Underbank penalties in the last nine minutes saw Shaw Cross slip to a
disappointing defeat despite dominating for large periods.
Turner says the he will take from the positives from yesterday’s game as his side prepare to face newly promoted Hunslet Club Parkside next week.
He said: “It is going to be a very very tough game next week, we will look to push on from this performance and we will hopefully have a few more bodies to come back into the team.”
Updated 09:59 - 12 Mar 2017 by Ben McKenna