PHOTO GALLERY: The Featherstone Lions in action in the National Conference League
The match was to end in disappointment for the Lions as their remaining play-off hopes were dashed by a 26-16 defeat at Skirlaugh.
The opening kick, with the Lions allowing the ball to die, set the tone for the game and the initial pressure that followed saw the hosts take an early lead with a converted try.
The Lions fought back with two tries from second rower Jake Roberts, the first from space created by Sam Wilkinson-Pycock, the last with a fine line.
Jake Perkins converted both scores and the Lions appeared to navigate the break 12-6 for good.
But the restart turned out to be the loss of the Lions again. From the dubious decision of a Lions ‘catch-and-juggle-knock-on’, Skirlaugh scored near the posts and leveled the scores.
The start of the second half brought more joy for the home side, a fine try after a quick zig-zag run by the full-back, but the rest of Skirlaugh’s points came as a result of mistakes from manipulation of Lions or conceded penalties.
In response, a nice cut ball from Harley Ax put winger Elliott Bell in the corner, but it was a late consolation try that didn’t convert and the Lions never looked like they wanted to close the gap. of 10 points which secured the two points for the house. side.
The Lions travel to Stanningley this Saturday and aim to reverse recent losses, like their day, by playing disciplined, error-free football they have shown they can beat any team in this league.