John Mooney: Three Tuns v Sharlston Rovers
THREE TUNS GET HOME CAMPAIGN OFF TO WINNING START
Three Tuns, with an influx of players from North Hull Knights, have joined the Pennine League and won their first home game at Beecroft Street 47-22 against Sharlston Rovers in a thoroughly entertaining game on a lovely autumn day.
Both sides defended well in the opening ten minutes but a sweeping move involving Ben Rowan sent Jamie Sizer over in the corner for the first score. Former Knights star Jak Tuttle couldn't add the extras - the only one he missed in the game - but had no problems converting veteran prop-forward Paul Shaw's score a few minutes later. Liam Welham, who had coached the Knights to plenty of successes, got on the scoresheet after a lovely pass from Tuttle then Shaw went over again and Welham completed his double in the final minutes of the half.
Remi George had pulled an unconverted try back just before the break for the visitors who came out for the second period in a much more determined mood though again succumbed to Welham, who was proving too much of a handful for them, after 50 minutes. It looked as though a cricket score was imminent but with powerful forwards Sam Hoskins and Eddie Medford starting to dominate the middle it was no great surprise when Sharlston pulled two tries back from that pair with George Richardson converting both. Sam Cowan and Ben Coupland scored late tries for Tuns and Rovers got one back directly from a scrum through smart full-back Kyle Dixon before Tuttle cheekily dropped a goal.
Tuns look to have strengthened their squad for their new venture and though it's early in the campaign it will be a surprise if they don't have a successful season judging by this showing.