Victory Edges Sheffield Closer To Play Off

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

It looks odds on that Sheffield will be faced with a Play Off in a bid to complete their promotion dream.

With just three games left to play, the 18 point gap between themselves and Malton and Norton looks a bridge too far, even though the Yorkshire One leaders come to Abbeydale for the final league game of the season on April 30.

More significantly, second-placed Sheffield remain 15 points ahead of Heath with a game in hand so the play-off spot looks almost assured, it certainly will be if they return from Saturday’s trip to Bridlington with a win.

The Abbeydale side will be keeping a close eye on developments in Durham and Northumberland 1 in which there’s currently a battle royal between Gateshead and Darlington. Whoever finishes second will lie in wait for Sheffield in the promotion Play-Off for a place in North East 1 on May 7.

Sheffield will hope that Saturday’s trip to the seaside will bring a similar display to the one that earned them a bonus point in their 39-17 home win over Castleford.

They fell behind to a converted try after 10 minutes but right wing James Montgomery scored out wide on the left 11 minutes later and Donal Collins tied at up at 7-7.

Both sides traded penalties and then Collins added another on the stroke of half-time to give his side a slender advantage.

The man with the magic boot was at it again early in the second half as he slotted two more penalties but then it was the turn of Ryan Amos to take centre stage. His brilliant line split the Castleford defence and then a great reverse from scrum half Matt Poste enabled Amos to stroll in near the posts for an unconverted try.

Six minutes later Collins landed another penalty and shortly after Amos plundered another try after some fine play by the Sheffield backs. This time Collins added the extras and the scoreline moved to 34-10. Second row Tom White barged over three minutes later to secure the bonus point although it was the visitors who had the final say with a converted try.

Team: Nick Cook, James Montgomery, Ewan Reed, Ryan Amos, Alex Hill (Tom Metcalf 78), Donal Collins, Matt Poste, Tommy Marples, Carl Mortimer, Chris Machen, Dave Ellis, Tom White, Laurence Thomas (Tom Womack 76) Martin Balshaw, Andy Kelly (capt). Replacement not used: Nick Tomsett.