Queensbury secure their top flight status with narrow win

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West Bowling 24

Queensbury 26

(Premier Division)

QUEENSBURY left it late to steal the points and cement their status in the top flight for another season with a hard fought win at West Bowling.

Queeny set off like a house on fire and were soon 10-0 up through tries by Brett Marriott and Joe Swain, one of which was converted by Swann.

However, they let it slip and Bowling swapped ends 12-10 ahead. They extended their lead with a further try and although they had a man put in the bin it didn’t deter them.

Queensbury then had two men put in the bin; Gregg Marriott for a high shot and Joe Swain for back chat.

But this seemed to spur Queeny on and coach Andrew Senior powered onto the ball and showed nice footwork to crash over the line, Swann converting.

This was followed by another try to the prolific Lee Kelley, who scattered defenders on a 20 metre burst to the line.

Then came a cracking 60 metre break from Jonjo Naylor, who picked up from acting half to sprint clear before he was caught by the Bowling winger just yards from the line.

Bowling again hit back, but the try of the game went Queeny’s way when fullback Ben Naylor broke the line after a swift passing move and ran 40 metres to beat the covering defence to score.

Bowling scored again, but had their hearts broken when Swann kicked a penalty with just seconds remaining.

Best on the day for the visitors were Kelley and Gregg Marriott.