Raiders RL 38
Sheff Hallam Eagles 22
SHEFFIELD HALLAM EAGLES brought a strong side to Stebonheath Park with a full intention of preventing the Raiders of another home win.
The game was played at a frantic pace from start to finish, with both defences on top form and both teams playing with speed, width and a high level of skill.
The Sheffield Eagles managed to open the scoring when they found an edge after Raiders were penalised for an offside managing to score in the corner and converting the try on 9 minutes.
The Raiders retaliated with lovely chip from pivot Shane Lee who gathered his own kick and passed to supporting players Harry Boots and Luke Williams who went smashing through the defence with the mercurial second rower Morgan Jefferies scoring out wide, the conversion was missed.
On the 3rd attacking set power house captain Alan Pope wrestled his way over the line to score on the Sheffield left flank, conversion missed again making the scores Raiders 8 – 6 Sheffield.
However the gain savvy Eagles managed to find an edge and score a well worked try in the corner on 27 minutes, conversion missed. Both teams tried everything to score but their defences were a match and went in on half time with a score Raiders 8-12 Sheffield.
The second half saw Sheffield come out all guns blazing and it wasn’t long before they scored on the 43rd minute mark out wide and looked to be turning tide, however on the fifty three minute mark prop Ben Phillips smashed over the line and with a converted kick made the score more appealing to the Raiders, Luke Williams added the two points.
The Raiders spotted a weakness on the Sheffield left flank and power house centre Luke Williams smashed through 3 defenders to go 60 metres and score a fantastic individual try and converting his own kick out wide, the scores were now 20-16 in the favour of the Raiders.
Raiders now had their tails up playing with great confidence, experienced pivot Dan Maiden found a gap he had been looking for going 40 meters to score under the posts, Luke Williams adding the two points once again. After the try was scored an altercation occurred fists were thrown and resulted in a yellow card for Sheffield.
This invigorated Sheffield and with a penalty kicked in to touch Andrew
Rees leapt in the air and kept the ball in play, however the ref deemed the ball to have gone in to touch and from this Sheffield scored in the corner and also converted, this made the score Raiders 26-22 Sheffield.
After the kick off the Raiders had their pivot Shane Lee sent from the field for dissent and a minute later a Sheffield player had a red for his 3rd warning, also for dissent. Raiders made Sheffield pay for their sins by working the overlap and sending speedster Andrew Rees in at that the corner with Luke Williams sending the conversion over from out wide.
The final nail in the coffin for Sheffield came in the form of the Raiders hammer Harry Boots collecting an awkward ball and smashing through three defenders and popping the ball off to Andrew Rees who went the length of the field for the final try with Luke Williams converting again.
Raiders coach Jon Ellis was delighted with the win saying: “If people want to come and watch a great game they should get themselves down to Stebonheath and watch the skill, power, pace and passion that these Raiders boys play with, Sheffield came here from the North of England and gave their all but we showed players from west Wales can play rugby league, what a fantastic game that was.”
Rapper who bombed wrong house jailed for almost 10 years
A WELSH rapper who accidentley ‘bombed’ a wrong house following a feud with a rival has been labelled ‘pathetic’ and ‘childish’ by a judge before sending them to prison.
Appearing at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Jun 13), Michael Athernought was sentenced to almost 10 years in prison.
The court heard how Athernought, 25 of Tontine Street, Swansea, had thrown a petrol bomb at a house he believed belonged to a fellow rapper Ricky Williams following a feud between the two.
However, the defendant bombed the house of a woman and her teenage son.
The incident happened at a residential property on Clyndu Street, Morriston at around 3am on November 16 of last year.
The woman awoke to a fire alarm going off and neighbours banging her front door.
L;uckily for Helen Davies and her son, neighbours had managed to break her door down and get the pair to safety.
The court heard how Athernought had posted a video directed at Mr Williams where threats were made to ‘burn your house to the ground’ and ‘war means war’.
Athernought was arrested the same day and officers from South Wales Police found a jerrycan of petrol and a towel with pieces missing.
Whilst sentencing, Judge Paul Thomas QC, said: “A more pathetic, childish reason for acting as you did is frankly quite difficult to imagine.
“Instead of acting as a grown-up you decided, because you think of yourself as some sort of pseudo-gangster, to make a video.
“In that video you made threats to burn his house down. It was as graphically threatening as it was pathetically childish.
“In actual fact, due to your incompetence, you got the wrong house.
“Obviously, you seem to think that you can get away with what you want, because you’re in some way above all of that, being, of course, an important rapper.”
Alternought was given an extended sentence of nine years and nine months.
The defendant will serve four years and six months in prison. The remainder of the sentence will be served on licence.
Trimsaran go top after beating Bynea
TRIMSARAN moved to the top of League 3 West B on Saturday (Jan 8) as they beat Bynea 39-5.
It was the only game to be played in the Division as others battled covid-19 cases and waterlogged pitches following overnight rain.
Lee Bates had scored two tries in Trimsaran’s last game before Christmas and he carried on his good form with a hat trick of tries on Saturday.
Iwan Green and Chris Lacey also went over for the home side who were also awarded a penalty try.
There were three conversions and a penalty from Corey Phillips as Trimsaran secured a bonus point win.
Trim now sit top of the table, unbeaten in their opening four games in the league, and they are now level on points with second placed Tumble who have played a game more.
On Saturday, January 15, Trimsaran travel to Tumble while Bynea will look to get back to winning ways when they host New Dock Stars.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
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