Reed tries see Sheffield home

Ewan Reed proved the star turn for Sheffield as they eased their way to a 25-10 victory over Middlesbrough.

The full back grabbed two second half tries on 52 and 66 minutes but his side missed out on a bonus point as they looked to close the gap on unbeaten North 1 East leaders Wheatley Hills.

Mark Ireland got the scoereboard ticking over with two penalties in the opening nine minutes and although several more opportuunities came their way, they were spurned in favour of kicks to touch or the corner with a view to getting the try count moving.

Such tactics failed to deliver and the visitors landed a penalty of their own before Ireland bagged another for Sheffield on the stroke of half time.

Within five minutes of the restart a Middlesbrough player was sin-binned and Ireland popped over another kick between the posts. Then came Reed’s try-happy double, neither of which were converted but Ireland landed another penalty after 69 minutes to give Sheffield a match-winning 25-3 lead. the visitors had the final say with a stoppage time converted try.

Team: Ewan Reed, Gareth Morley, Chris Dale, Simon Tillyer, Alex Hill, Mark Ireland, Matt Poste, Will Bennett, Carl Mortimer (capt), Ramsey Adamo, John Dudley, Laurence Thomas, Andy Kelly, Martin Balshaw, Ben Whitney. Replacements: Tommy Marples, Dean O’Brien, Ali Womack. Sheffield remain third in the table, five points behind second place Beverley and eight adrift of Wheatley although they have opened a six point gap over fourth placed Old Crossleyans, who they meet tomorrow.