John Mooney: Beverley vs Salford City Roosters
Beverley Braves continued their perfect start to life in Division 3 of the National Conference League with a 64-8 demolition of Salford City Roosters at the Potting Shed. The writing was on the wall for the visitors before the game started as they arrived with a squad of just 13 players which included 56-year-old prop forward Jimmy Lomax, who played the full 80 minutes. However, it was the Roosters who were first on the scoreboard when Paul Morgan kicked a penalty following an offside decision. The Braves had already bombed two simple scoring opportunities in the first couple of minutes but it didn't take long to remedy the situation with fullback Billy Riley breaking through some half-hearted tackles to score under the posts, then a flowing move involving Lewis Poskitt and Lewis Straw ending with Josh Poskitt adding to the score. The former pair were playing havoc with the Rooster's defence behind a dominant pack and Lewis Poskitt quickly added another following a planned kicking move and they continued to pile on the points with top forward Alex Starling grabbing a pair to make it 36-2 at the break with Straw and Peter Starling sharing the conversions.
Any thoughts that the visitors had of damage limitation were quickly put to bed straight after the break with the half-backs again doing the damage to take the score quickly onto 60-2. The Roosters, to their great credit, didn't lose composure and dug in so well that they kept Scott Taylor's men scoreless for the next 25 minutes with hard-working forwards Mike Foster and Danny Trimble producing a sterling effort in the middle of the park. And it was Foster who gained a well deserved try with a couple of minutes to go though Beverley had the last laugh when Lewis Poskitt scored again on the hooter.
In the Premier Division, Myton Warriors went down narrowly 36-34 at Underbank while National Cup finalists West Hull were surprisingly beaten 26-18 at Wigan St Patricks. In Division 1, Skirlaugh came away from Thornhill Trojans with a point having drawn 28-28 but in Division 2 Hull Dockers were blown away 44-10 at East Leeds.