Kelly doubles up as Sheffield stage late show

Sheffield Captain Andy Kelly charges at the Castleford defence
Sheffield Captain Andy Kelly charges at the Castleford defence

Sheffield once again proved that when it comes to the final quarter, few teams do it better.

With the game against Old Crossleyans locked at 15-all just before the hour mark, the Abbeydale faithful were beginning to fear the worst.

No worries!

A raking kick from acting fly half Dave McCabe - the switch necessitated by Donal Collins being unavailable - resulted in a scrum and a subsequent penalty which Joe Cribley, taking over kicking duties from the absent Collins, despatched.

The three point lead was extended to eight in the 72 minute when skipper Andy Kelly picked up at the base of the scrum and crashed over out wide on the left for his second try of the match.

Now, as far as Sheffield was concerned, it was all about the fourth try and the all-important bonus point.

The pressure was on but it wasn’t being rewarded until Tom White, who had replaced John Dudley, made the most of a ruck to go over on the left for an unconverted try.

Game over, 28-15 to Kelly and Co.

Earlier it had taken Sheffield just five minutes to open their account when Kelly bagged himself a five pointer. the visitors pegged it back to 5-3 with a 14 minute penalty but the home side replied immediately as Cribley grabbed his third try in two weeks.

He added his own conversion and Sheffield were back in control.

Unfortunately not for long as Old Crossleyans closed the gap to two points with a converted try.

Cribley extended the lead to 15-10 with a penalty in the 54 minute but again the advantage was short-lived as the visitors levelled it up with an unconverted try.

Sheffield, who had given debuts to full back Ben Campbell and second row Solomon Prestage, moved up to sixth in North One East with 25 points from nine games and just five behind fourth-placed Percy Park who they visit on Saturday.

Team: Ben Campbell, James Montgomery, Joe Cribley, Ewan Reed, Alex Hill, Dave McCabe, Matt Poste, Tommy Marples, Carl Mortimer, Ramzey Adamo, John Dudley, Soloman Prestage, Dave Ellis, Laurence Tomas, Andy Kelly (capt). Replacements: Will Bennett, Tom White, Dale Goulding.