In a game only confirmed on Friday due to the withdrawal of Scunthorpe Barbarians, the Akkies arrived in Dewsbury in good spirits (excluding Danny Whitelaw
) with many climbing aboard Carl Brown
's "Fun Bus" at Elland Rd.
With Phil Dawes, Luke Handley and Jon Oldridge out injured and Adrian Tallon
on Heiniken Cup Duty, Akkies brought in Adam Senior
, Alan Hick
, Ian Poulton
, Tom Davies
plus debutants Tom George
and Angus Reynolds
to provide a full 17 to choose from.
The games early sets showed signs the the sides were evenly matched with defences coming out on top. It didn't remain that way though as first blood went to the Sharks with a converted try.
However, Akkies were soon on the score sheet themselves when good support running saw Ian Poulton
take a pass from Matt Dunnington Wallace and touch down. Full Back Tom George
missed the conversion. 6-4.
Both sides came close to going over again before poor defending around the ruck allowed Shaw Cross to score again. The extras were added. 12-4.
On half time the Sharks had the chance to extend there lead with a penalty. Fortunately for the Akkies it drifted just wide of the posts.
Into the second period, Matthew Brocksom, in at No.6 for Tallon, intercepted a wing bound Shaw Cross pass and sprinted the pitch to get the away side back into it. George was this time succesful with the kick. 12-10
The Akkies took the lead for the first time in the game when Loose Forward Tom Davies
wrestled his way over the Try line. George with conversion. 12-16.
In what was proving to be a game of back-and-forth, Shaw Cross took advantage of tired tackling to run in another converted try. 18-16.
With sides still in with a shout and giving there all it would take a brave man to call a winner but with 10 minutes remaining James Myerscough, for the second week in a row, crossed over the whitewash. Tom George
again popped over the conversion. 18-22.
It was to be a tense final few minutes. Shaw Cross had the chance to snatch victory an the death but knocked on at the vital moment, allowing Akkies to take the spoils.
The Akkies showed there ability to grind out a result in this fixture. The Sharks named Ian McGregor
as the Akkies man of the match but there were fine performances also from, Tom Davies
, James Myerscough and Adam Senior
Next week will see Scarborough Pirates Come to Old Mods and Akkies will be looking to make it three on the bounce.
Tries - Poulton, Brockson, Davies, Myerscough
Conv - George (3)