With Dewsbury kicking off, Newsome showed to be industrious in their attack and forced a repeat set but could not cross the line even when Jaheim Noel
on his first ever rugby league game drove at the Celtics defence and kept on going taking no less than six opposition players to stop him. At the beginning of this first half, the Panthers defence was organised and soon forced Celtics to kick on their last possession. A spill meant that the Celtics could go forward once more and this time they went on to score in the corner. Newsome kept their head high and kept on creating problems to the Celtics defence who responded well and prevented any attacks from being converted into points. Two good attacks from the Celtics were rewarded with tries and in a tight game the score looked unfair. After a stalemate between the teams in the midfield, Ethan “The Whirlwind” Corian took his opportunity and crashed in the Celtic goal area. Unfortunately and on the stroke of half time, the Panthers defence went missing and Celtics added another try making it 22-4 at half time.
The early exchanges of the second half saw the Panthers defence crumbling as they conceded yet again. Newsome earned a brief reprieve through James “The Bull” Johnson who powered his way through a good Celtics defence to score the second for Newsome. The next few minutes were a catalogue of defensive approximations from the Panthers and they were lucky to get away with conceding only one more try. After a stern word from the coach to his team, the defence seemed to step up and the good work was rewarded by a try from “The Whirlwind”. Dewsbury kept at it and scored for one last time before “The Bull” crashed through the Celtics defence for his second of the game.
Once more, the Panthers only showed their potential in parsimony and they will prove hard to beat should they put a complete game together. They showed that their defence can be strong when it is organised. They have proved time after time this season that they have character and that their attack can be lethal when they are fired up.
With Batley Boys coming to Hall Bower next, aggressivity in defence and fire in their belly in attack should see the Panthers registering a win.
The Man of the Match honour was attributed to Ben Harris
for his work as hooker and his darting runs through the Celtics defence. He also in conjunction with Lewis Murphy
received the opposition man of the match award. The moment of the match award was given to Jaheim Noel
who on his first game showed a constant desire to be in the thick of the action. The Parents most improved player went to Tyler Jones
who showed real purpose in tackling and going forward. Finally, the Grafter award was attributed to Ethan Corian
for his overall work rate.