John Mooney: West Hull vs Wath Brow Hornets
West Hull had a surprisingly easy victory over high-flying Wath Brow Hornets in the NCL Premier Division at the Community Park. Ahead 16-6 at half-time, the home side turned on the power in the second period to run out 50-10 winners against a much depleted Hornets, who had attempted to alter the date of the game due to many of their players attending a stag-party.
Wests got off to a great start when a typical Nathan Powley burst from acting half-back bamboozled the visitor's defence and Scott Partis added the extras. Richard Squires quickly doubled the tally with a block-busting effort before the Hornets pulled a converted try back. Young winger Danny Ward went in at the corner after a Partis kick was mishandled by the Hornets defence but a flare-up just before half-time marred what was on the whole a hard-fought but fair opening forty minutes. Powley received his marching orders along with former Hull KR veteran Leroy Joe, while West's skipper Ryan Steen and a Wath Brow forward were sin-binned.
The visitor's took first-blood in the second period, taking advantage of some weak home defence, and at 16-10 it looked game-on. However, Wests then took total control with Hart scoring again, Sam Cator getting on the end of a Partis grubber-kick, James Goulsbra-Miller scoring the first of his two, and Liam Bowler and Partis also getting onto the score-sheet as the Hornets defence disintegrated. Skipper Steen had his usual strong game, ably supported by Ryan Wilson while the returning Jack Lazenby made plenty of hard yards coming off the bench.
Elsewhere, Myton Warriors travelled to Cumbia to take on Egremont but came away with a disappointing 38-10 defeat while Skirlaugh fared even worse, 60-14 losers at Thatto Heath. In Division One, Dockers continued their away-day struggles losing 40-12 at York Acorn.