Swinton Lions 13-30 Featherstone Rovers

Swinton Lions 13-30 Featherstone Rovers


Featherstone Rovers maintained their unbeaten start to the 2017 Championship season with a 30-13 victory over Swinton Lions at Heywood Road. Andy Thornley bagged a brace for the hosts while John Davies starred once again for Featherstone with a superb, workmanlike performance.

Jon Sharp’s men had to come from behind to win the game as they faced a one point deficit at half-time with the Lions 7-6 to the good. Thornley opened the scoring before Chris Atkin knocked over a penalty goal to extend his side’s lead to six points. It took till five minutes from the interval for Featherstone to get on the board, through Matty Wildie who struck from 20 metres out. Michael Knowles didn’t convert but he made amends soon after with a penalty goal to level matters. On the stroke of half-time, Atkin’s trusty boot helped the ball through the sticks as his drop goal proved the difference between the two sides ahead of the second half.

Another penalty from Knowles gave Featherstone their first lead of the match and they didn’t look back. Andy Bostock powered his way over shortly after the hour mark had passed, Knowles added the extras and also a penalty goal on 63 minutes to put the Rovers 16-7 up. Swinton second-rower Connor Dwyer was sin-binned following a team warning but it took till the very minute he returned for Featherstone to extend their lead through Jason Walton. Knowles converted to put the game beyond doubt with three minutes to go but there was still time for two more tries and a penalty. Thornley and Ash Handley both crossed for Swinton and Featherstone respectively while Knowles kicked yet another penalty.

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back000000
2Shaun RobinsonWing000000
6Grant GoreStand Off000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half021000
8Rob Lever 19Loose Forward000000
11Connor DwyerSecond Row000100
13Andy ThornleyLoose Forward200000
14Ben WhiteStand Off000000
15Andy Bracek 18Prop000000
16Anthony Bate 26Interchange000000
17Oliver DaviesSecond Row000000
18Ben Austin 15Interchange000000
19Josh Barlow 8Interchange000000
20Sean Kenny 22Hooker000000
22Luke Waterworth 20Interchange000000
26Romain Navarrete 16Prop000000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
 Total 221100

Featherstone Rovers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ian HardmanFull Back000000
3Chris UlugiaCentre000000
5Luke BriscoeWing000000
7Anthony ThackerayStand Off000000
9Keal CarlileHooker000000
10Andy Bostock 13Prop100000
11Michael KnowlesSecond Row070000
12John Davies 15Second Row000001
13Richard Moore 10Interchange000000
14Frankie Mariano 15Interchange000000
15Brett Delaney 12Interchange000000
15Brad Tagg 14Loose Forward000000
19Matty WildieScrum Half100000
22Ash HandleyWing100000
22Jason WaltonCentre100000
24Jordan Baldwinson 20Prop000000
20Anthony Mullally 24Interchange000000
 Total 470001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 26, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Heywood Road


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Swinton Lions7613
Featherstone Rovers62430

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