Lindley Swifts Under 14s had mixed fortunes in their two games against derby rivals as they celebrated a 22-12 win over Moldgreen, but suffered a 50-24 defeat at the hands of Underbank Rangers.
The foundations of victory against Moldgreen came through a good defensive effort, with Damien Wood, Lewis Harrison, Jamie Kelly, Callan Rodgers and Brandon Wood to the fore.
Kelly ran the full length of the field for the game’s opening try and Tom Alexander added the goal and he was on target again after Harrison crossed to give Lindley a 12-0 lead at half-time.
Moldgreen hit back with a try, but Lindley’s Cameron Lang and skipper Tyler Broscombe both touched down and added a goal as they ensured victory.
The Lindley man-of-the-match was Tom Alexander, top tackler was Damien Wood and grafter was Brandon Wood.
Against Underbank, Lindley started strongly with Ben Lawton, Kelly and Broscombe showing well and it was Lawton who slipped through for the game’s opening try and Alexander slotted over the conversion.
Underbank soon replied with a try and conversion, which went in off the post, to even the scores and for a while both defences held firm.
However, Lindley’s defence became a little slack under pressure, allowing Underbank grab two quick tries and a goal.
The Swifts dug deep to hit back with a Damien Wood try and Alexander goal, but Underbank began to dominate and by half-time they were 30-12 in front.
Underbank emphasised their control with a try and conversion in the first minute of the second half to give themselves a good cushion.
Lang went over to give Lindley a little hope and Alexander added the goal to close the gap to 36-18.
But Underbank soon showed Lindley they were not prepared to let the game slip away and ran through the Swifts defence for another try.
Lindley’s Damien Wood and Alexander clocked up another six points, but it was not enough as Underbank went on to win 50-24 – and Lindley play Rangers again on at their Birchencliffe home tomorrow.