Elland do enough to see off Lions in scrappy encounter

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Elland 24

Featherstone Lions 6

Elland got their new summer campaign off on winning ways with a scrappy win over the Lions.

Defences were on top for much of the first half with both sides scrambling well to thwart each other.

The Lions looked like they were going to score through dangerous hooker Dean Gamble who was held up over the line.

The home side went downfield and Jake McCarthy broke free from 30 metres out following a scrum to dive over in the right hand corner, only for the linesman to indicate he had put a foot in touch.

The pressure finally paid off and good support play close to the line allowed Dean Avis to slip a ball out for Dave Webb to first score of the game on 35 minutes. Taylor added the conversion

The visitors hit straight back on 38 minutes with a second rower crashing over under the posts for the stand off to add the extras and level the game.

However, McCarthy superbly collected a Taylor chip on the third tackle to round the full back to score a brilliant try under the posts. Taylor added the extras to make it 12-6 at half time.

The second half started like the first with defences on top and no side going close to scoring.

Skipper Marc Shickell had the first real chance after receiving an inside ball at the play the ball from Junaid Malik, only for him to lose the ball plunging over the line.

He was not to be denied on 56 minutes when Malik supplied him with an identical ball on the blind side and he powered over from close range.

Taylor added a superb touchline conversion to make the score 18-6.

The game was made safe on 67 minutes with Taylor chipping over again for Jack Fairbank to leap and tip the ball on to McCarthy who broke clear to draw the fullback and put Webb in for his second try.

Taylor added his fourth conversion to take the final score to 24-6.

Elland were best served by the industrious Ethan Ingham, closely followed by 80 minute prop Ben Bottomley and ever green skipper Shickell