18th May 2019, 17:16 | summerbash
Swinton Lions pulled off a fantastic comeback against local rivals Rochdale Hornets at the Summer Bash coming away 30-40 victors after trailing 30-14 in the early stages of the second half.
Swinton opened the scoring after just six minutes when Mike Butt outjumped the Hornets defence to claim Harry Smith’s cross-field kick.
But Rochdale took control of the game with four tries in the first half. Brandon Wood managed to spin his way through the Lions defence to score in the corner before Dan Abram created an opening to find a supporting Declan Kay on the inside.
Frankie Halton managed to power his way over for Swinton to pull them back within two points but two tries in the final ten minutes of the half saw Rochdale comfortably ahead at the break.
Shaun Ainscough managed to burrow his way over the line in the 30thminute before Harvey Livett scored on the half-time hooter. The second-rower – on dual registration from Super League side Warrington Wolves – picked up a loose ball and raced over 50 metres to score and give Rochdale a 14-point lead at the interval.
Swinton began the first half in identical fashion to the first scoring from a cross-field kick. This time it was Matthew Ashton who managed to claim the ball in the air. Rochdale replied just four minutes later as Ainscough grabbed his second of the afternoon.
However, the Lions refused to lie down and began their fightback on 53 minutes as Rhodri Lloyd was too strong reaching out for the line under pressure from two Rochdale defenders. Two minutes later, Swinton were in again as Jack Hansen was on hand to collect a clever Liam Forsyth offload.
Halfback Rob Fairclough continued the comeback as he threw a well-timed dummy and slid through the Hornets line. With 13 minutes left Declan Kay put the ball to ground for Rochdale and Liam Paisley pounced going over the line without a challenge.
Trailing by four points Rochdale applied the pressure in the closing stages but when the ball went wide Ashton plucked it out of the air and ran over 90 metres to round off a brilliant Swinton fightback.
Swinton Lions: Jack Hansen, Mike Butt, Rhodri Lloyd, Liam Forsyth, Matthew Ashton; Harry Smith, Robert Fairclough; Gavin Bennion, Luke Waterworth, Lewis Hatton, Liam Paisley, Frankie Halton, Jack Wells.
Interchanges: William Brickhill, Adam Jones, Patrick Jones, Adam Lawton.
Rochdale Hornets: Declan Kay, Brandon Wood, Jordan Case, James Worthington, Shaun Ainscough; Ben Moores, Dan Abram; Lee Mitchell, Scott Moore, Callum Marriot, Michael Coleman, Luis Johnson, Harvey Livett.
Interchanges: Aidan Gleeson, Liam Carberry, Ellis Robson, Declan Gregory.
Referee: Gareth Hewer.