Bow­man pops up at the per­fect mo­ment

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - ■ By ROGER KEEGAN

SH­EFFIELD left it late but Lewis Bow­man’s try in the dy­ing sec­onds earned them only their sec­ond win of the cam­paign at home to Le­ices­ter Lions.

On a good day for sides at the bot­tom, Sh­effield were able to add to Oc­to­ber’s suc­cess over Blay­don with an­other vic­tory, but they were made to work very hard in this en­counter.

The win keeps them ahead of Wharfedale in the table, de­spite the York­shire side also win­ning on Satur­day.

In the first half it was the de­fences who were very much on top, with nei­ther side able to break the dead­lock.

Sh­effield even sur­vived ten min­utes with­out scrum-half Stephen De­pledge, sent to the sin­bin mid­way through the half for a tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ment.

Le­ices­ter Lions fi­nally

opened the scor­ing on 50 min­utes, with winger James Wise cross­ing, and Jonathan Bo­den con­vert­ing to make it 7-0.

That lead lasted 12 min­utes, with Sh­effield hit­ting back with a try of their own from full-back Fer­gus Wood. After his ear­lier spell in the bin, De­pledge stepped up to slot the ex­tras.

And then just as it looked like Sh­effield would have to set­tle for a draw, re­place­ment Bow­man popped up to win it for the home side.

De­pledge added the ex­tras for good mea­sure to wrap a great day for Sh­effield.

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