RUGBY LEAGUE: Roosters produce fine comeback to claim success

Tommy Newman scored one of the tries for St Ives Roosters. Picture: LEIGH CHATTEN

Tommy Newman scored one of the tries for St Ives Roosters. Picture: LEIGH CHATTEN - Credit: Archant

St Ives Roosters collected their first win of the new East Premier League season last Saturday.

The local side, who handed debuts to Fin Laing and Albiee Tayedzerwa, recovered from a nightmare start to triumph 32-24 at Bedford Tigers.

Several Roosters players were held up in traffic and they soon found themselves 16-0 down, but Ben Fleming touched down for a try on the stroke of half-time to launch the fightback.

Man-of-the-match Gabriel Edwards and stand-in skipper Tommy Newman then bulldozed their way over for tries as Roosters began the second half impressively.

A trademark solo try from Dave Sykes then put them ahead before the hosts responded with two quick scores of their own.

But Roosters were soon back in the ascendancy with a brace of Paul Ashbridge tries sealing a hard-fought success.

Roosters host Brentwood Eels in the East Cup this Saturday at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre.