IT IS all looking rather rosy for Sheffield Tigers after a narrow home victory over Bromsgrove sealed their seventh win on the trot in National Two North.
The Tigers stay in fourth position after edging an epic clash 42-41 but the match was marred by a serious neck injury to the visitors captain Tom Warren. The back-row player sustained the knock in the second half and was taken to hospital by an ambulance. After an hour long delay, the match was re-started. Following an x-ray, which showed no damage, Warren has been discharged from hospital.
Tigers almost paid the price for a sluggish start as Bromsgrove raced into a 10-0 lead after seven minutes, with number eight Sam Gibbons crossing for a converted try.
By half-time, the hosts had turned the match on its head and led 24-13 through full-back Peter Swatkins and Jamie Broadley, who powered over for two tries, with Tom Outram starring with the boot.
Kevin Salisbury reduced the deficit after the interval but Tigers gave themselves some breathing space courtesy of Alex Graham getting on the scoresheet. Outram helped himself to two penalties in the latter stages to take his personal tally to 97 for the season as the Tigers held on at Dore Moor.
In North One East, Ewan Reed was the star of the show as Sheffield eased past Middlesbrough 25-10. The full-back ran in two tries to seal Sheffield’s sixth win in eight outings. However, they continue to trail league leaders Wheatley Hills by eight points after the Doncaster side cruised to a 46-11 win against Old Crossleyans.
Barnsley, meanwhile, dropped to third bottom in Yorkshire Division One after sliding to a 43-27 defeat at home to Driffield.