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Saracens slip hits New Earswick All Blacks
12:10pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
NEW Earswick All Blacks ARLC suffered their third defeat of the Pennine League Championship campaign, losing 48-22 at home to Slaithwaite Saracens.
Huddersfield-based Slaithwaite took the lead on three minutes with a converted try, but All Blacks responded when Liam Gargan broke the line and fed Will Leatt to race 50 metres to score.
Man of the match Gargan kicked the conversion.
Slaithwaite regained the upper hand after ten minutes and stretched their advantage with three further tries to lead 26-6.
All Blacks’ Joe Davis crashed over for an unconverted try followed by a second touch down for Leatt to narrow the gap to 26-16 at half-time.
The deficit was reduced further ten minutes into the second half when Carl Smith pounced on a loose ball for an unconverted try.
However, Slaithwaite then ran amok, scoring four tries in a ten-minute spell.
Selby Warriors returned from an extended break – for the Super League Grand Final and the wedding of player Mark Hanson – with a 20-16 home defeat by high-flying Boothtown in division one.
The Warriors gave their visitors an almighty scare, threatening to end Boothtown’s five-match winning run with late pressure.
The home side, with only one win from their five matches, worked tirelessly in a high intensity game.
The opening quarter was evenly matched, with Mark Hanson, Jase Roberts and Mike Williams leading the way for Selby with some big hits.
However, Boothtown broke the deadlock with an unconverted try after a lapse in Selby’s defence with a try out wide and they quickly struck again with another unconverted try.
Selby refused to buckle and they camped on the Boothtown line for long periods.
After Zennon Horrox was knocked unconscious by a high tackle from a Boothtown prop, Ben Harris, Chris O’Neil, Danny Simpson and Rob Howard piled on the pressure.
The effort paid off when Matt Stevenson barged over from a Roberts pass five yards out and Jimmy Hanson goaled.
Boothtown bagged a breakaway try for a 14-6 interval lead, but the hosts struck first after the break with a try under the posts by Scott Birch, who carried three defenders over the line with him. Hanson goaled to make it 14-12 with 20 minutes remaining.
With Selby again pressing, Boothtown scored a converted interception try and then Steve Wilks was bizarrely sin-binned.
The 12 men hit back with a try by Mike Williams and they went close to snatching the win with pressure in the last minute.
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