Sheffield Eagles 30-28 Dewsbury Rams
Sunday 15th July 2018, 12:00pm
Championship - Round: 21
Jon Magrin, Matthew Costello, Matty Fozard, Jake Spedding, Jack Ashworth,
Cory Aston 5,
Dale Morton, Daniel Igbinedion, Dom Speakman, Adam Ryder, Michael Knowles,
Paul Sykes 4,
Sheffield Eagles boosted their Betfred Championship survival hopes with a dramatic 30-28 victory over Dewsbury Rams.
The Eagles were left helpless as Michael Knowles scored a last minute try to cut the deficit to two points, with Paul Sykes readying himself to kick a conversion to level matters.
However, Sykes – who had kicked four goals from as many attempts up till that point – sliced his kick wide of the mark to spark great celebrations on the pitch and in the stands.
Mark Aston made five changes from his side’s defeat at Toronto last weekend and Jon Magrin, one of those back in the fold after injury, broke the deadlock with a try inside seven minutes. Cory Aston added the extras.
Consecutive tries for the visitors from Dale Morton and Daniel Igbinedion gave Neil Kelly’s men a slight advantage but Sheffield responded with two scores of their own before the interval.
Matty Costello showed some neat footwork to get through the Dewsbury defence before touching down. Aston converted and the half-back was on target once again following Matty Fozard’s four-pointer from dummy-half.
Sheffield almost extended their lead after the restart but James Bentley couldn’t collect an Aston offload after some expansive play.
But that didn’t deter the hosts, who got their reward thanks to Jake Spedding who notched an interception effort for the second week running. The centre put on the burners to go 90 metres and Aston was on target with the goal.
Aston was at the heart of the action and a 40/20 kept Sheffield on the front foot but Dewsbury’s defence held firm to avert the danger.
In the final quarter, the Rams scored twice in four minutes to level the scores at 24-24. Dom Speakman crossed from acting-half before Adam Ryder powered through a number of Sheffield’s defenders direct from a scrum. Sykes added the two on both occasions.
With seven minutes remaining, Aston missed a penalty goal but the next set saw the Castleford loanee make amends with an assist for the impressive Jack Ashworth. The half-back converted.
Dewsbury kept fighting despite being six points adrift and they found their way over the whitewash during the final set of the afternoon.
Michael Knowles had too much power for the Eagles’ rearguard and that gave Sykes a chance to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.
It wasn’t meant to be for the former Super League stalwart as his conversion went wide and left Sheffield with a vital victory, leapfrogging their West Yorkshire counterparts in the process.
By Dan Fowler