Shaw Cross Sharks’ play-off hopes were dealt a blow as they suffered defeat away to Ince Rose Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Sharks trailed 20-0 at half-time but an attempted second half fightback was soon quelled by a powerful Ince Rose outfit.
Despite a disappointing afternoon on the field there was still a positive note for Shaw Cross as 16-year-old Jamie Hartley made his debut for the club and became the first player to play for Shaw Cross Open Age born this millennium.
Head coach Brett Turner was disappointed with the performance from some of his players and felt that his side paid the price for a lack of effort.
“We were poor today, we had a few bodies missing but we could’ve done a better job,” said Turner.
“We lacked effort, we saw that we had a few bodies missing and we beat ourselves before the game had even kicked off.
“That isn’t everybody but the body language of some of the lads before the game was poor and they took that onto the field with them.”
Ince Rose took an early 12 point lead thanks to back to back tries from the number 10.
The home prop made the most of a loose ball to score his first before breaking on half way from kick off to double the lead.
Sharks where then left frustrated as Paul March was first called held up over the line just before Matthew Tebb then had a try disallowed after discussion with his touch judge on the far side.
Ince Rose then added to their tally moments later as the ball was flung wide to the winger who touched down.
The Bridge number 15 was then sin-binned for a dangerous high tackle on Adam Masson.
The hosts added a penalty just before the interval to make it 20-0 at half-time.
March pulled one back for Shaw Cross soon into the second half with a brilliant piece of individual play.
March received the ball and rushed around his man darting to the corner and diving over to get the ball down.
Sharks then had two scores disallowed as Sam Ottewell raced over the line but was called back for a knock on.
Nathan Wright then did superbly to make his way to the whitewash but had the ball dislodged as he aimed to ground it.
Ince Rose then scored two quick fire tries as they broke down the right wing to score.
The home side then added their sixth try of the game in similar fashion as they again made use of the space on the right to put the game beyond Shaw Cross.
Liam Green then added a consolation for the Sharks as he latched onto a grubber from March and weaved in and out of the tacklers to score.
Ince Rose scored with the final action of the game as the ball was pumped long from the full-back.
The winger raced onto the ball and gathered to break clear and score.
Shaw Cross will look to bounce back this weekend as they host Featherstone Lions at Leeds Road.
Updated 18:00 - 23 Jul 2017 by Ben McKenna