By Sebastian Sternik
Relegation threatened Featherstone Lions have enjoyed a recent upsurge in form as they picked up their second win in as many weeks to improve their survival hopes.
After their extraordinary victory over Normanton Knights two weeks ago, the Lions continued to impress with a 14-30 win against Shaw Cross Sharks.
It was an edgy affair with the official sending numerous players to the sin-bin however in the end, it was Featherstone who picked up the away victory which could have massive implications in their bid to avoid relegation.
For Shaw Cross it was undoubtably a frustrating afternoon and they will be looking to put things right when they take on York Acorn this Saturday.
FIFTH CONSECUTIVE DEFEAT FOR THE KNIGHTS
Normanton Knights are currently going through their worst period of the season having lost their fifth consecutive game. Milford Marlins were the culprits this time as they ran out 12-8 winners.
Normanton, who at one stage were strong promotion contenders, are now eight points adrift of third placed Milford.
Things don’t get any easier for the West Yorkshire side as next week they take on second-placed Hunslet Club Parkside. To add to the pressure, Normanton will also have to start looking behind them as in-form York Acorn are beginning to catch up.
TOP TWO SEPARATED BY POINTS DIFFERENCE
Both Underbank Rangers and Hunslet Club Parkside won their respected games this week. This means that both clubs are on 30 points and only separated by a marginal points difference.
For Underbank, it turned out to be another tough game as they beat Hull Dockers 14-21. Last week Rangers were involved in a real tussle as they beat bottom of the table Blackbrook 16-23. However, they will certainly be pleased with the two consecutive away victories.
Meanwhile, Hunslet Club Parkside won the Hunslet derby as they thrashed their neighbours 28-0.
Parkside took a 10-0 lead going into the interval and never looked back as Warriors failed to register a single point.
INCE ROSE MAKE MINCE MEAT OF OPPOSITION
Ince Rose Bridge made it four wins from their last five games with their latest 8-12 victory against Lock Lane.
Their run over the past 6 weeks has seen them go from relegation threatened to a team on fire. Towards the end of June Ince Rose had only managed to culminate four points. The team now sit 8th with 12 points on their account.
RED HOT ACORN CLOSE GAP ON TOP 4
Following last week’s good showing against league leaders Underbank, Blackbrook will have come into this match against York with great confidence. However, the Lancashire side lost 16-50 to the Yorkshire side who just keep on improving.
The win now leaves York just a single point behind fourth-placed Normanton Knights.
For Blackbrook, things certainly don’t get any easier as next they face a trip to Ince Rose Bridge.