Swinton Lions 24-26 Dewsbury Rams

A Josh Guzdek hat-trick for Dewsbury was nearly in vain as Swinton came within seven minutes of a victory at the AJ Bell Stadium. 

First blood went to the Lions, and Greg Wilde but Dewsbury soon got into the game with two tries of their own. A timely double from Josh Guzdek helped Dewsbury settle into the game and both tries were converted by half-back Ben Reynolds. After Guzdek opened his try-scoring account with a brace, Swinton were dealt a blow as Connor Dwyer was stretchered off due to a nasty facial injury which saw him lose teeth. The incident was put on report by referee Chris Campbell. The momentum in the match ebbed and flowed at a decent rate; Wilde notched his second try of the afternoon after plucking a kick out of the air. Both tries for the hosts went unconverted, meaning John Duffy’s side were four points down at the break. 

That four point lead didn’t last long in the second half as Rob Lever got his first of two tries before Chris Atkin goaled for a 14-12 lead. Reynolds regained the advantage for Dewsbury four minutes after Lever’s score as the see-saw battle continued. Two consecutive penalty goals edged Swinton in front once again just after the hour mark but Dewsbury then struck with a 40 metre try from Paul Sykes. But, for the seventh time, the lead changed hands when Lever crossed for his second try. However, the final blow went to Dewsbury and the impressive Guzdek who found his way to the try line from a scrum play. Despite the defeat, Swinton will definitely be optimistic going into the second week of the season. Dewsbury will have left the AJ Bell Stadium knowing they needed to fight for their two points. 

Prediction – Dewsbury by 18

Result – Dewsbury by 2

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