Pilks hold off Lock Lane to return to winning ways
Our open Age side were victorious at Ruskin Drive yesterday
Pilkington Recs won in hot conditions at Ruskin Drive on Saturday after a 30-24 win over Lock Lane.
The first score of the game came after just seven minutes as Jake Hodson
broke free and got to the try line. Kyran Knapper
scored the conversion to make it a six point game.
It soon got worse for the visitors as Curt McDonald was sent to the sin bin for deliberately kicking the ball away, which the referee adjudged to be a professional foul.
But despite being a man light, they managed to grab a try to level the game through Sean Hesketh. Connor Land scored the conversion and the scores were level. Land then missed a penalty, which proved crucial for the rest of the first half.
Ten minutes later, Pilks extended their lead through Ian Stanley
as he got over after another break. Knapper scored the conversion to reinstate their six point lead.
There was even time for another try as Ryan Hilliard
broke free before offloading to Brandon Lewis
for his first try of the afternoon. Knapper scored the conversion to send Pilks into half time 12 points in front.
Lock Lane started the second half well and scored within five minutes of the restart as Ryan Backhouse got over on the last tackle. Land scored the conversion to bring it back to within six points.
But their reprieve was short lived as Hilliard dived over from dummy half and with Knapper’s conversion, Pilks had a two try cushion again.
The visitors then piled on the pressure again and got their reward as they scored through James Woods. Land scored the conversion to half the Pilks lead.
Then with seven minutes to go, the West Yorkshire side were level as Hesketh dove over for his second try. Land’s conversion then levelled the game.
The visitors had the momentum, but blew their chance as Land’s drop goal landed well wide of the mark. From the resulting 20m restart, Pilks got a penalty and Knapper took the two points which Kanpper coolly put away to put Pilks two points in front.
It was a tense finale but Lewis was able to grab his second try out wide after some good movement. Knapper missed the conversion, but this would prove academic as Pilks hung on for the two points.
Despite the win , Pilks remain 8th in NCL Division One with a game in hand, they are next in action on Saturday against Oulton Raiders at Ruskin Drive.