GUISBOROUGH RUFC finally halted their losing streak with a hard-earned draw at home against Bradford Salem RUFC at the Belmangate ground.

From the kick-off, Guisborough showed attacking intent and were close to scoring before Salem struck with a push-over try. The home team continued to dominate and were eventually rewarded when Joe Whyman found a way over the try-line, converting his own try.

Bradford Salem came back though and, following a successful penalty kicked at goal, they scored a fine try when breaking out of defence. Although Phil Shields made a great covering tackle, Salem had players in hand at the breakdown to score their second try of the game. Just before half-time Guisborough reduced the arrears when Jack Robinson and Shields combined on the right, to send the full-back storming over to score. Whyman was again successful with the conversion.

The home team dominated the second half and drew level with Bradford Salem, when Whyman added a penalty kick at goal. Guisborough drove forward looking for a winning score, and looked to have touched down when Adam O’Malley drove over the whitewash. The referee initially indicated a try, but then reversed his decision. The game ended with the scoreboard reading: Guisborough 17 points, Bradford Salem 17 points.

This was an encouraging display and Guisborough feel a change of luck is coming soon. Lewis Robson made an encouraging debut at scrum-half. The next match is tomorrow away at Moortown, who are currently second in the League.