Wakefield Trinity showed fight in home season opener, however, it was Swinton Lionesses who took the spoils with a 52-4 victory.
Following last weekend’s defeat, Trinity returned to action with their first home game of the season at the Be Well Support Stadium since the end of last season.
Coming back in as fullback, Hebe Forbes reclaimed her place in the number one spot, whilst Beth Cain partnered Ellie Sykes in the halves. New signings Zoey Langley, Toni Nicholson & Sian Spence all started.
It was one of the new recruits that opened the scoring. Following an unbelievable tackle from Ruby Lockwood to usher the Swinton attack out of play, Trinity came forward with menace. Langley pushed her way through the Swinton pack and offloaded to Cain, who fed the ball back across the line to the left-hand side.
With the Lionesses short of numbers, Wakefield looked to pounce, with the ball falling to Toni Nicholson, who took her chance brilliantly to touch down, citing bedlam amongst the home players.
That was the confidence boost Trinity needed as we continued to press the Swinton defence in the opening exchanges, looking good for our lead, however, it was the away side who came back, with two quickfire tries.
Despite going behind, Wakefield rallied, Beth Pinto’s dart from dummy half was just short before excellent defence from the home side brought more field possession, however, we could not capitalise.
Unfortunately, an excellent first-half performance wasn’t rewarded with points, as the visitors took their chances at the end of the opening 40, with back-to-back tries as Trinity headed into the interval 18 points behind.
Looking to build on the first-half display, Trinity looked to pen Swinton back into their own half early on, however, it was the away side who raced out of the traps. Two quick breaks up the field were punished with back-to-back scores early on in the second period.
Wakefield did have the ball over the line in the middle of the second 40, however, the referee called the play back before we crossed the line to send Swinton away with the two competition points & a 52-4 victory.