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Sharks beaten in Heavy Woollen final

11 months ago By Ben McKenna

Thornhill Trojans 22-10 Shaw Cross Sharks

Shaw Cross Sharks came out second best in a fiercely contested Heavy Woollen Cup Final against Thornhill Trojans on Thursday evening.

The Sharks dominated for large parts of the second half but were unable to break down the Thornhill defence in the second period.

It was the second year running that the sides contested the Jim Brown Cup final and it was clear that there was no love lost between the teams.

The Trojans had the first real opportunity of the game as a short ball nearly put Tom Gledhill in but Ross Roebuck made a superb try-saving tackle to keep the scores level.

Sharks then took the lead as Matthew Tebb scooted from dummy half and dived over underneath the posts, Casey Johnson duly added the extras.

Thornhill responded as the ball was flung wide to George Woodcock who darted over on the right-hand side.

Shaw Cross were then reduced to 12 men as Brandan French was sin-binned, the referee gave no clear indication as to why.

Thornhill made use of the man advantage as they broke down the left and threw the ball back inside to Danny Ratcliffe who touched down.

The holders then extended their lead to eight points as former Shark Will Gledhill forced his way over the line despite the three Shaw Cross defenders around him.

On the stroke of half time Brandan French pulled a try back for the Sharks as he spotted a gap and stretched his arm out to score.

At the beginning of the second half Johnson took a dangerous high shot which resulted in a small coming together.

Sam Ratcliffe and Benjamin Spaven were both yellow carded to make it 12 against 12.

The Sharks second half dominance looked to have paid off when Paul March made a break for the line from ten metres out.

The referee waited before giving a knock on against March and awarding the scrum to Thornhill.

Thornhill then punished Shaw Cross with their first real attack of the half.

The ball was moved wide to Luke Carter who burst clear and sold the dummy to dot down in the corner.
Thornhill then sealed the win as James Craven pounced on a loose ball and raced 50 metres to score.

The conversion was wide but it proved to be of little significance as the referee blew for full time two minutes later.

Updated 10:02 - 25 Aug 2017 by Ben McKenna

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