7th July 2022


3rd July 2022

Skolars run of games against the top three in the league saw them push North Wales Crusaders hard and it wasn’t until the last five minutes when the home side put the game out of reach.

Skolars opened the scoring; Jarred Bassett racing onto a Phil Lyon grubber kick. North Wales advanced upfield after a relieving penalty and with Skolars on the backfoot, they moved the ball right for Harry Swarbrick to score. Skolars regained the lead soon afterwards; Bassett hugging the left wing from 40 metres out and accelerating his way past the defence. The full-back almost had a third on the next attack, but could only get a hand to a high kick from Lyon.

That lead didn’t last long. Crusaders attacked downfield; Reece Briers looked to be moving the ball to the left, but then switched to the right – opening up a massive gap in the defence to score under the posts. A break by Ah Van gave Crusaders another attacking opportunity, but Scott Turner couldn’t take the high kick cleanly. He made no mistake a few minutes later when he dived over in the corner.

With a four point lead, Crusaders elected to run a penalty close to Skolars’ line, but lost possession on the first tackle. Luciano Bejanidze was held just short of the try line, then Crusaders went almost the length of the pitch on the next set forcing a goal-line drop-out. However, Lyon found touch and Skolars had possession in the minute, Leighton Ball being stopped five metres from the try line as the half-time hooter sounded.

Skolars again scored early in the half from a Lyon kick, this time Lameck Juma finishing off a chip and chase. The missed conversion saw scores level again. The next Skolars attack saw Lyon lose possession on the tryline. Both sides then lost possession early in their tackle counts, but when Crusaders were able to retain the ball they got it to Rob Massam outwide and there was no stopping him touching down.

North Wales were making regular inroads deep into Skolars’ territory, but were twice stopped on the last tackle with ball in hand ten metres out. Skolars weren’t making the same metres in attack and Johnson and Massam returned deep kicks well. Skolars’ one real chance was stopped for crossing and when Crusaders received a penalty 40 metres out, Johnson coolly kicked the goal to put his side eight points clear with minutes remaining. Skolars tried a short kick-off, Crusaders took the ball and Johnson was on hand to finish off a Briers’ break to round off his 200th appearance for Crusaders.



1 Tommy Johnson

2 Scott Turner

3 Harry Swarbrick

4 Matt Reid

5 Rob Massam

14 Reece Briers

7 Brad Billsborough

8 Matt Fletcher

9 Paul Nash

10 Callum Hazzard

11 Patrick Ah Van

12 Kieran Sherratt

13 Alex Eckley


Subs (all used)

17 Declan Gregory

15 Brad Brennan

30 Jono Smith

16 Jack Houghton


Tries: Swarbrick (11), Briers (19), Turner (26), Massam (55), Johnson (76)

Goals: Johnson 5/6



1 Jarred Bassett

20 Leighton Ball

3 Lameck Juma

4 Aaron Small

5 Reece Rance

7 Phil Lyon

6 Elliott Hutchngs

22 Anthony Cox

9 Neil Thorman

10 Judd Greenhalgh

12 Harry Kaufman

11 Luciano Bejanidze

13 Liam O’Callaghan


Subs (all used)

14 Doug Chirnside

15 Christian Gale

19 Matt Ross

8 Henry Daventanivalu


Tries: Bassett (7,15), Juma (43)

Goals: Lyon 2/3


Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match


Penalty count: 6-3


Half-time: 16-12

Referee: James Jones

Att: not given


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 6-12, 12-12, 16-12; 16-16, 22-16, 24-16, 30-16

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