Swann on song in Queensbury romp

Scott Swann’s finishing was as lethal as his kicking for Queensbury

Scott Swann’s finishing was as lethal as his kicking for Queensbury

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Wingman Scott Swann posted two tries as Queensbury warmed up for next week’s Ace Insurance BARLA National Cup semi-final against Hunslet Old Boys with a seven-try victory over visitors New Earswick All Blacks in the Pennine League Championship Division clash at Hill Top.

An accurate kick from hooker Greg Marriott gave Swann the chance to pluck the ball out of the air to cross in the corner for the opener and the lively Marriott was once again to the fore when he spotted a gap to burrow over from acting half at the side of the posts, leaving Swann a simple conversion.

The York visitors gave Bury a fright when prop Jack Steadman broke free, only to see his wingman Ash Martin knock on with the line at his mercy.

The hosts increased their tally further when a crisp handling move saw centre Andy Walker cruise in for a 14-0 advantage.

Bury’s tremendous work-rate was clear for all to see when substitute packman Luke Cheney produced a monster tackle on Earswick centre Andy Fletcher to dislodge the ball when he was just about to touch down to keep the visitors scoreless at the half-time whistle.

New Earswick’s troubles increased when they failed to collect from the restart, leaving home second-row forward Leighton Ruff a stroll to the whitewash.

And centre Ash Ryan took two defenders with him when he saw a gap to sprint over shortly afterwards.

The visitors looked to be facing a huge mauling when Swann cruised 40 metres for his brace and a clever run around from stand-off Joe Flanagan paved the way for his half-back partner Josh Naylor to side-step under the posts on the hour, enabling Swann to add his fourth extra in a 36-0 lead.

With 20 minutes still to play, Bury suddenly clocked off and a flat-footed defence let in Earswick sub Bob Smith for a converted effort.

Steadman was also over hot on his heels shortly afterwards.

A long crossfield kick saw wingman Jordon Bracewell outjump the Bury rearguard to apply even more pressure at 36-14 before the sudden burst of Queensbury inactivity came to a welcome conclusion as they resumed their grip on the game to ensure their line remained intact to the final hooter.

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