Swinton Lions won their first game in over a year, as they beat Bradford Bulls 26-22 at Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury.
Bradford took the lead on seven minutes, as Brandon Pickersgill managed to break free and score. Danny Brough scored his first points as a Bradford Bull with the conversion.
After having to do some defending, Bradford popped up with a second try just past the 20 minute mark, as Ross Oakes managed to get over. Brough was once again on target with the conversion.
After half-an-hour, Swinton pulled themselves back into it as Jack Hansen managed to get himself over. Martyn Ridyard scored the conversion.
There was just six points in it at the break, but Bradford struck first to get their two-try cushion back, as Matty Dawson-Jones finished out wide. Billy Jowitt scored the conversion.
Just four minutes later, Swinton reduced the deficit once again,this time through full back Mike Butt. The conversion was missed.
The Lions had their tails up, and grabbed another just before the hour, this time it was Geronimo Doyle, who slid in out wide to reduce the gap to four points. Ridyard was back on target with the conversion.
Ridyard was starting to show his worth to the Swinton side, as his 40/20 gave the Lions the field position, which allowed Deane Meadows to get over. Ridyard then hit the conversion as Swinton hit the front for the first time.
However, they were not in front for long, as Bradford levelled after a good dummy half scoot from George Flanagan. Jowitt was off target with the conversion, meaning the scores stayed level.
Swinton’s winner came with seven minutes to go, as Rhodri Lloyd managed to get himself over. Ridyard missed the conversion, but it did not end up mattering.
The Lions now have a week off to prepare for their Challenge Cup match against Newcastle Thunder.
As for Bradford, they have the chance to go into the new season with a victory, when they take on Keighley Cougars next week.
Bradford Bulls: Brandon Pickersgill, Joe Brown, Reece Hamlet, Ross Oakes, Matty Dawson-Jones, Danny Brough, Jordan Lilley, Harry Walker, George Flanagan, Steve Crossley, Brad Gallagher, Brad England, Dan Fleming.
Subs: Ebon Scurr, Thomas Doyle, Levy Nzoungou, David Foggin-Johnston, Elliot Wallis, Adam Rooks, Billy Jowitt, Bradley Ho, Cameron Berry, Murphy Smith, Sam Smith, Joe Burton, Ethan O’Hanlon.
Head Coach: John Kear
Swinton Lions: Mike Butt, Richard Lepori, Mitch Cox, Liam Forsyth, Geronimo Doyle, Martyn Ridyard, Jack Hansen, Sam Brooks, Luke Waterworth, Lewis Hatton, Rhodri Lloyd, Nick Gregson, Louis Brogan.
Subs: Billy Brickhill, Cobi Green, Paddy Jones, Deane Meadows, Sam Grant, Tayler Brown, Luis Roberts, Ben Heyes, Paul Nash, Jose Kenga, Jordan Brown.
Head Coach: Stuart Littler