Normanton Knights slip up but big wins for Oulton Raiders and Lock Lane

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​Normanton Knights slipped down to eighth place in Division Two of the National Conference League following defeat in a close contest with Saddleworth Rangers.

Relegation threatened Rangers won 24-16 and were never behind in a game in which no more than six points separated the teams until seven minutes from time, when Robert Froggatt crossed and Charlie McManus added his fourth goal.

McManus, Gareth Morgan and Sam Hart had dotted down earlier for Rangers, who had also won 18-14 in the previous meeting between the two sides this season.

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The Knights had stayed in contention through tries by Kieran Hinchcliffe, Joe Crossland and Elliott Davey, two of which Jake Crossland converted.

Joe Crossland was a try scorer for Normanton Knights.Joe Crossland was a try scorer for Normanton Knights.
Joe Crossland was a try scorer for Normanton Knights.

Saddleworth’s Rhys Waring was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle while the Knights’ Joe Crossland was shown yellow for ungentlemanly conduct.

Normanton are next in action at home to leaders Waterhead Warriors next Tuesday.

Oulton Raiders shattered the 11-match winning run of Division One leaders West Bowling when they beat them 30-22 to exact retribution for the 48-4 defeat in Bradford.

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Bowling, who were 20-6 behind as the half-hour beckoned, blasted back to lead 22-20 on 50 minutes, courtesy of a hat-trick for Oli Bartle and a Dan Gregory try, with Liam Darville landing three goals.

But Oulton summoned extra resolve to muster a touchdown by Harry Kendall, with Kieran Walpole adding his third conversion before booting a couple of late penalties.

Keiron Lowry, Harvey Stevens, Jordan Blagg and Nathan Waters had crossed earlier for the Raiders, who had Waters and Dave Jagger sin-binned.

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Lewis Price led the way with four tries for Lane, who were only 12-6 ahead at the break thanks to his early brace. Price had notched his fourth by the hour and Lane registered tries in the closing quarter from Danny Holmes, Lucas Moon and Conor Turner, while Nathan Fozzard and Calum Butler landed three goals apiece.