John Mooney: West Hull vs Skirlaugh 13/05/2017
The value of having a full complement of players on the pitch was never more emphasised than at the West Hull Community Park when West Hull overcame Skirlaugh 30-6 in the National Conference League Premier Division. The visitors were still well in the hunt at 12-6 in the second half when they had a player sent to the sin-bin after a late challenge and the home side ran riot scoring 18 unanswered points.
Wests were first on the score sheet early in the game when classy fullback Brett Turner finished off a flowing move before hard-working forward Louis Crowther chipped in with a rare try - both goaled by Scott Partis. Responding with a six-pointer just before half-time, the visitors were right back in the game and Carl Puckering's accurate kicking had Wests on the backfoot in the second period before the sin-binning took its toll. Tries in ten minutes from skipper Ryan Steen, Turner's second and a first for Australian debutant Curtis Ritchie put the game well beyond the reach of Skirlaugh, though the likes of John Gay and Scott Mountain never stopped trying and were perhaps unfortunate to be on the end of a 24-point deficit.
Myton Warriors put up a brave show at Wath Brow going down 30-20 but Dockers will be disappointed with an 18-32 home loss to Milford Marlins in Division One. The big game of the day in the top tier resulted in a 34-6 victory for Siddal over unbeaten rivals Thatto Heath Crusaders.