Askam pulled off a shock win over promotion hopefuls Barrow Island at Fallowfield Park, running out 25-22 winners in Division Two of the National Conference League.

Adam Jackson returned to his roots and although he had a good game, it was his magic boot that let him down as he converted only one of Island’s five tries.

Cameron Currie gave Island the lead before the home side came back through an Owen Bridle try and Zac Steel goal 6-4 - turned into 12-4 with Sam Broadley crossing for Steel to convert.

On 20 minutes, Sam Attard pulled back four points with a try turned into six with Jackson converting. The home side responded with a Todd Steel try, but as the half closed Matty Brown went over for the Island to make the score 18-14 at the break.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Sam Broadley touched down with Steel adding the goal 24-14. Ian Irvine pulled back four points prior to Joe Satterthwaite dropping a goal for 25-18. Aide Wright crossed for Island only for time to run out on them.

Stand-in coach Tammy Tyson was a delighted man following the win. He said: “What a performance from one to 17. The lads played out of their skins and what a confidence builder, a massive bonus for us all.

“The lads all dug in and having Tom Hopkins back up front and Joe Satterthwaite back we had a good middle. which we lacked last week. Young Zac Steel was outstanding. Early doors Adam Jackson was in the thick of things with his field kicking but had an off day at goal. What a lift it was for the lads”

Also losing out were leaders Ince Rose Bridge, 25-6 at home to Crosfields, and second-placed West Bowling, also at home, 34-32 to Hull Dockers.