Sharks overwhelmed by torrent of tries from Drighlington

Nathan Larvin.  Pic: Jack Pickles
Nathan Larvin. Pic: Jack Pickles

Drighlington ran in 13 tries as they celebrated a 76-12 victory at Rylands Sharks in National Conference Division Three.

The visitors were 18 points up in as many minutes, courtesy of tries from Lee Mulhern, Danny Sanderson and Andy Kilbride.

Josh Milnes finished with a try and 12 goals from 13 attempts to keep the scoreboard ticking over and full-back Jake Dearden, on his return from a shoulder injury, crossed after out-pacing the defence for a smart score.

Dearden bagged a similar try on 79 minutes when he ran 80 metres to score a try that capped a terrific man-of-the-match performance.

Drig’s expansive play ended with winger Kieron Roche scoring a marvellous try on the right. Nathan Graham replicated the effort on the left after exchanging passes with Ben Nabozny and Graham returned the favour when he sent Nabozny racing over for another score.

Gary Smith added the eighth try on the stroke of half-time, backing up down the middle and beating three defenders to score out wide.

This proved to be the only try not converted as Milnes sent his kick wide but his team boasted an impressive 46-0 lead at the break.

The home side got onto the scoreboard with a self-converted try under the posts from Jack Lewis but Drighlington’s romp continued with another five tries.

Nabozny grabbed his second from long range and Josh Milnes then got his name on the try-scorers’ list.

Luke Gillooly sneaked over for the home side only for Gary Smith and Andy Kilbride to touch-down for Drig.

The hosts’ frustration boiled over when the Rylands coach was warned by the referee for speaking out of turn and two home players were dismissed from the field for similar offences.

Dearden then scored his 80-metre try to wrap up the win for the rampant visitors, who travel to Woolston Rovers on Saturday. The coach departs at noon, ahead of a 2.30pm kick-off.