John Mooney: Skirlaugh v Thornhill Trojans
In a game that fluctuated from the bizarre to the ridiculous, then sublime and back again, Skirlaugh eventually suffered a heavy 24-52 loss to NCL Division One leaders Thornhill Trojans at Eastside.
The day began in bizarre fashion when the Trojans' bus pulled up, the players and staff got out, only to realise a bag of boots was missing! A quick dash to Sports Direct and half the players were then suitably booted in new footwear, which turned out to be unfortunate for Skirlaugh in the long run.
The ridiculous came in the opening 15 minutes when the home defence absolutely gifted their opponents not one but four tries, all from elementary defensive lapses that would have embarrassed a schoolboy thirteen. Dropped balls, lost possession and half-hearted tackling saw 20 points posted in no time and it looked like it would continue that way until Natty Slater, making his debut for the club, took matters into his own hands. The former Myton Warriors star, playing the unusual role of full-back, scored a sublime hat-trick of individual tries and set up another as incredibly, Skirlaugh stood a 20-points deficit on its head and went in at the break with a four point lead.
Unfortunately that was as good as it got for the home side. Giant prop Zach Thomson took over and with man-of-the-match Danny Ratcliffe dominating open play the visitors were in complete command after yet another shocking blunder was taken advantage of and the Trojans were back into the lead. From then on it was one-way traffic and despite a big performance from Kyle Larvin, signed at the last minute from Hull Dockers, the league leaders scored virtually at will and in the end could have played in their stocking feet and still have won.
Elsewhere, in the Premier Division, West Hull finally got off the mark away from the city with a 28-26 victory at Rochdale Mayfield but Myton Warriors came home from Cumbria with another defeat, losing 20-13 at Kells.
In Division Two, Hull Dockers were beaten 32-40 at Tower Grange by Crosfields but Beverley remain unbeaten in Division Three after a hard-fought 22-18 victory over Woolston Rovers.