John Mooney: West Hull v Wath Brow
West Hull continued their climb up the NCL Premier Division table and are now up to third after a comfortable 22-0 victory over Wath Brow Hornets at North Road. Wests dominated the early exchanges but tough defence from the Cumbrians restricted opportunities until Bobby Tyson-Wilson took matters into his own hands, bursting through and planting the ball over the line close enough for Ryan Wilson to convert. Wests continued to press but chances were few and far between until a superb passing movement saw Jack Watts stroll over for another converted score. Skipper Ryan Steen, who was having a tremendous game in the middle of the park, thought he'd scored on the stroke of half-time but a linesman ruled the try out for a forward pass.
The Hornets were by no means out of it at this stage and needed an early score but superb defence from Josh Nicklin and Danny Nicklas did enough to prevent strong running centre Curtis Teake from crossing in the corner. The visitors were badly missing the guile of star half-backs Fran King and Dean Rooney and though Karl Dixon did his best to create chances the Green and Gold's powerful forwards were well up to the task and it was no great surprise when Oscar Ellerington finished off another flowing move with Scott Partiss tacking on the extras. James Goldsboro-Miller, returning to the fold after a spell in the Yorkshire Men's League, had been running strong and hard throughout and gained his reward when a perfectly-timed Partiss grubber kick bounced kindly for him to score too far out for the conversion.
Myton Warriors were far from disgraced at Normanton Warriors but a 38-24 defeat leaves them propping up the table with just five points. In Division One, Skirlaugh went down 27-8 at Pilkington Recs while in Division 2 Hull Dockers had another bad away-day, losing 56-26 at Wigan St Judes. Beverley continue their unstoppable form in Division Three and this time it was Stanley Rangers who were the sacrificial lambs, going down 63-9 to Scott Taylor's men at the Potting Shed.