4 weeks ago
By Ben McKenna
Dewsbury Celtic 10-20 Shaw Cross Sharks
A late Shaw Cross Sharks rally was enough to see off local rivals Dewsbury Celtic in the Ben Restall Memorial match.
With 15 minutes to go the scores were leve at 10-10, but late tries from Shaun Squires land Alex Whittaker were enough to win the derby for Sharks.
Despite the win, Sharks coach Zach Johnson was disappointed with his side’s performance.
“We need to re-evaluate mentally where we are. We’re not as tough or as skilful as we thought we were.
“There are too many people at the minute just cruising in third gear and just happy to be here and we need to eradicate that because today our execution wasn’t right, game management was poor, and we went away from our game plan too much.”
The home side got off to a great start and had the lead after just a couple of minutes, as a great move led to a break down the left edge for the first try.
The Sharks grew into the game but it wasn’t until midway through the half that they got their first points. Shaun Squires made a break and down the left and managed to hold off a number of challenges on his way to the line, levelling the scores at 4-4.
Squires had a superb game, and a few minutes after his try he made another break before offloading to Nathan Wright, who made it over the try line but was held up.
The sides went into the break all level but in the second half Celtic made another flying start, this time with a break down the middle for a try which was converted to give them a six point lead.
Sharks weren’t behind for as long this time though, as Paul March dummied to get past the defender and score, with the successful conversion bringing the game back level.
However, it wasn’t until the final 15 minutes that they really took a hold of the match, with Squires getting his second before an unlikely try for Whittaker sealed victory in the closing minutes.
Although disappointed with the performance, Johnson found positives and is confident of improvement before the season starts in three weeks.
“The positives are getting the win and if the team can win when we don’t play well I’ll take that every day of the week.
“They’re not big things that we need to change. I think it’s knowing our roles, everyone knowing what their job is and sticking to it.”
“If we’re going to push for that league we need to have that added extra and not go back into our shell.”
Updated 10:41 - 18 Feb 2018 by Ben McKenna