11th June 2018, 12:00
Sheffield suffer defeat to Swinton at OLP
Sheffield Eagles’ survival hopes took a blow yesterday as Swinton Lions came away from the Olympic Legacy Park with a 29-18 victory.
A poor second half performance from Sheffield, coupled with game management from Josh Woods via a drop goal and a late George Tyson score, made sure of a Lions win.
The Eagles started well and scored the first try of proceedings. Jack Ashworth got over the whitewash in the fifth minute and Cory Aston added the extras.
Both Swinton and Sheffield scored quick four-pointers either side of the 20-minute mark.
Rhodri Lloyd’s converted effort levelled matters before Aston touched down to put Sheffield back in front.
However, there was to be nothing separating the teams at the interval as former Eagle Tyson crossed for the visitors. Chris Hankinson converted for 12-12.
After the interval, Swinton hit Sheffield with a double-whammy of tries in the space of five minutes.
First, winger Mike Butt took an inside ball to go over before Will Hope managed to ground a grubber from Lloyd. Hankinson’s two conversions gave Swinton a comfortable two-score buffer.
With the final quarter a couple of minutes away, Jake Spedding scored Sheffield’s only try of the second half. An Aston conversion cut the deficit to six-points and there was still a chance of the Eagles getting something out of the game.
But Swinton had other plans and a drop goal from Woods, followed by Tyson’s second try of the afternoon, gave them a priceless win which brings them to within two points of the tenth-placed Eagles.
By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman