John Mooney: West Hull vs Kells
After their disappointing loss to Wigan St Patricks in the Conference Trophy semi-final a fortnight ago, a youthful West Hull got back on track in the NCL Premier Division with a comfortable victory over Kells at North Road, though it didn't look that way in the opening exchanges. After resisting several early skirmishes from the Green and Golds, the Cumbrians were first on the score-sheet when a powerful run from Troy Armstrong took him over near enough to the posts for scrum-half Ross Gainford to convert. It didn't take long for the visitors to add to their tally with Jake Corrie finishing off a flowing move, this time too far away for the extras. Wests were up against it at 0-10 but on the half-hour the returning Lewis Crowther showed his awareness by forcing his way over from acting half. Scott Partis converted and Mark Hewitt's men were back in the game. Even more so when James Goldsboro-Miller took a superb Partis cross-field kick to level the scores which remained level at the break after each side kicked penalties.
The second period was all Wests as, though they fell behind after a couple of minutes to a penalty, Bobby Tyson-Wilson went in from a superb Ryan Wilson offload then completed a quick double from another cross-field kick. Wilson had taken over the goal kicking duties from the injured Partis and converted both but couldn't add the extras after Ray Brown went over. Jack Lazenby and Goldsboro-Miller both added late tries as Kells fell apart and Wests consolidated fifth position.
Great credit to both teams for a well-disciplined display and to referee Tara Jones from Warrington, who controlled the game to great effect and allowed the game to flow with the first penalty of the match not coming until the twentieth minute.
Elsewhere, Skirlaugh came up with their best result of the season, winning 27-22 at Rochdale Mayfield but Myton Warriors succumbed 30-22 at Wigan St Patricks and in Division One Dockers lost 14-19 at home to Lock Lane.