Dewsbury Rams 28 Swinton Lions 35: Lions earn a lifeline after ending Rams’ five-match winning run

Dewsbury Rams boss Neil Kelly saw his side's five-match winning run come to an end at home to Swinton Lions.
Dewsbury Rams boss Neil Kelly saw his side's five-match winning run come to an end at home to Swinton Lions.

Dewsbury Rams saw their five-match winning run come to an end as Swinton gave themselves a Kingstone Press Championship survival lifeline with a 35-28 victory at Tetley’s Stadium.

Swinton dominated the first half and led 22-6 at one stage before Dewsbury threatened a fight back. The Lions led after just four minutes when impressive centre Chris Hankinson scooted through a gap to score and he stepped up to convert from wide out.

A lovely passing move involving Dominic Speakman, Paul Sykes and Josh Guzdek resulted in Gareth Potts diving over in the corner and Sykes nailed a terrific touchline goal to level.

But Swinton raced into a 22-6 lead after 35 minutes.

Dewsbury struck back on t half-time as Speakman broke a tackle and held off a second defender before planting the ball down next to the posts and Sykes converted with the last kick of the half.

A period of stalemate followed before a pulsating final quarter. Aaron Brown broke through and shrugged off a tackle to crash over before Sam Day crossed direct from a tap penalty, with Sykes adding both goals, but Dewsbury were pulled up for a knock on and Swinton capitalised to seal victory.

Dewsbury Rams: Guzdek; Morton, Glover, Hallett, Potts; Sykes, Speakman; Sheriffe, Day, Teanby, Knowles, Spicer, Brown. Subs: Goudemand, Walshaw, Adamson, Everett.

Swinton Lions: Murphy; Robinson, Hankinson, Bergal, Butt; White, Farrell; Bracek, Waterworth, Austin, Lloyd, Davies, Barlow. Subs: Jones, Nicholson, Lever, Barberry.

Referee: John McMullen.

Attendance: 812.

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