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Sharks suffer loss at home to Lions

11 months ago By Ben McKenna

Shaw Cross Sharks 14-30 Featherstone Lions

Shaw Cross Sharks lost their second game on the spin as they were defeated by Featherstone Lions at Leeds Road on Saturday afternoon.

Stand-in head coach Andrew Fawkes was disappointed with high penalty count that went against his side but said that the Sharks must have a better mentality.

"It was difficult to get into the game, the referee made a lot of decisions that affected the flow of the game," said Fawkes.

"We had a couple of good ten minute spells but that was it, however we couldn't maintain the good things we were doing.

"We must have given away over 20 penalties today and you can't win a game giving away that many.

"When the referee is giving tough decisions we need to look at ourselves more and try and have a positive impact on the game.

"There are times when we let a bad situation get worse than it needs to be, we have a great group of players we just need to get a little bit tougher mentally when we are involved in tight games."

The Sharks opened the scoring on Saturday afternoon thanks to winger Nathan Wright.

Paul March flung the ball wide to Brandan French who showed quick hands to find Wright who stormed over in the corner.

Shaw Cross then had a chance to increase their advantage as March chased down a loose ball.

The scrum-half then had an off-the-ball push on him go unnoticed by the referee leaving the home support fuming.

Featherstone took the lead moments later as the ball was moved wide to the winger who ran in behind the posts.

Shaw Cross regained the lead minutes into the second-half as March, French and Wright combined for a second time.

March moved the ball to French who passed it back to his teammate who then flicked the ball to Wright who dived over in the corner.

The Sharks then scored their third of the afternoon after a break from Adam Masson.

The forward charged forward to move the hosts up the field, the ball was worked to French who passed the ball back inside to Sam Ottewell who dotted down.

The Lions then cut the deficit to two points as the 6 and 7 broke down the middle and scored underneath the posts.

Shaw Cross were then penalised for a ball steal on their try line despite the touch judge signalling for a knock on.

March was then sent off by the referee for dissent.

The visitors then went over for three unanswered scores in the last 15 minutes to take all two points.

The Sharks will look to get back on track next weekend as they travel to York Acorn.

Updated 18:31 - 30 Jul 2017 by Ben McKenna

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