Hunslet as good as relegated after loss

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Hunslet’s stay in the Kingstone Press Championship looks set to be over, just one season after winning promotion.

The Hawks were in need of a victory against their West Yorkshire rivals to stand any realistic hope of taking the relegation fight into the final weekend of fixtures, but in an extremely scrappy affair, they came out second best.

Featherstone’s victory also saw them tighten their grip at the top of the Shield league table with just one game remaining.

In a game of very few moments of class, Rovers crossed three times through Andy Ellis, Paul Sykes and Ben Blackmore.

Hunslet replied with scores from Danny Maun and George Flanagan.

The Friday night kick off seemed to affect both sides with very few sets reaching the fifth tackle, although Featherstone would have opened the scoring through Kyran Johnson had it not been for a Mo Agoro tackle.

They were in front just minutes before half-time when Andy Ellis took advantage of soft defending close to the Hunslet line.

Sykes then doubled his side’s advantage five minutes after the interval when he supported a Johnson break down the right hand side and held off the Hawks’ defenders.

Hunslet did give themselves a glimmer of hope when Maun took advantage of a smart James Houston offload but that hope was dashed when Blackmore intercepted a loose pass while the home side were pushing for the equaliser.

Flanagan then crossed right on the final whistle.

Hunslet Hawks: Watson, Agoro, Duckworth, Maun, Barnett, Brown, Ansell, Houston, Lee, Lyons, Gee, Backhouse, Trout. Substitutes: Flanagan, Grimshaw, Castle, Brennan

Featherstone Rovers: Sharp, Johnson, Sykes, Minns, Blackmore, Cooke, Moore, Baldwinson, Ellis, James, Spears, Snitch, Bussey. Substitutes: Hardman, Tagg, Ormondroyd, Coventry

Referee: C Leatherbarrow (RFL).