DOUBLE FIXTURE TROUBLE FOR WESTS AFTER CUP VICTORIES
West Hull face a fixture backlog after pulling off an incredible double weekend Cup triumph at the Community Centre. Victory over Skirlaugh on Saturday took them into the semi-finals of the BARLA National Cup, which they are defending, while Sunday's hard-fought success over Dewsbury Moor saw them progress to the second round of the Coral Challenge Cup. Both ties are scheduled for the same weekend but Siddal's game with Workington was called off on Sunday and, as they are due in Hull next Saturday, it's possible the BARLA match against Upton could be played at the weekend.
The Green and Golds had too much know-how for a determined but ultimately out-gunned Skirlaugh Bulls in the BARLA National Cup quarter-final. The visitors started strongly but were rocked back on their heels when, after forcing a penalty, Wests responded with a well timed pass from Harry Tyson-Wilson to young winger Jamie Leigh who opened the scoring. Ryan Wilson converted as he did for the next score, created by strong-running second-row forward Jacob Moore and finished in great style by Scotty Partis, who rounded Bulls' full-back Natty Slater to go in under the posts.
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Skirlaugh rarely troubled an outstanding West Hull defence and it wasn't until the 35th minute that they made encouraging yards but the hosts held firm. On the stroke of half-time, Bobby Tyson-Wilson crashed into the Skirlaugh defence then off-loaded to Jack Lazenby who did the rest. Partis missed the conversion for 16-0 at the oranges.
The second period started strongly for Wests with a try in the corner from Josh Nicklin in the first minute quickly followed by another after a fine Ian Kerman break put Bobby Tyson-Wilson into an unstoppable position - the last score converted by brother Harry. It took Skirlaugh an hour to finally break their duck when Wests switched off, probably with Sunday's Challenge Cup tie against Dewsbury Moor in mind, and allowed Matty Harling in for their first and only try converted by Carl Puckering. Skirlaugh had their best spell in the middle of the second half working really hard until Wests broke again in the final minute for the speedy Leigh to finish the game as he had started. Partis converted for 32-6.
John Gay worked hard throughout for the Bulls and deservedly won their MOM while Scott Mountain and Harvey Gotts never took a backward step against some powerful tackling. Seventeen-year-old Leigh looks a real find for Wests who were well led as usual by Ryan Steen in a fine overall team performance.
Mark Hewitt was forced to play several youngsters in the Coral Challenge Cup against Dewsbury Moor including props Calvin Palmer and Will Gardner and two of them, Luke Moss and Reece Gooch, came up trumps. The pair slotted into first-team action in great style, Moss having an outstanding game at full-back faced with several towering 'bombs' in atrocious conditions. And teenager Gooch came up with a pair of tries, the last, converted by Alex Holdstock, putting the game to bed after a brilliant Jack Lazenby break, but he also impressed with superb defensive action when preventing a certain try in the first half.
Nine of the players who took part in the first game turned out again on Sunday with Ryan Steen playing the full 80 minutes in both matches and winning the MOM in the second game. With so many youngsters coming to the fore the future looks bright for Wests, who were also delighted to see the return of Sam Cator on Sunday after his long absence through injury.
Myton Warriors were expected to join them in the semi-finals but lost out to lower league opponents 24-20 at Walney Central in Cumbria. The Warriors scored first and last but the home side built up a 12-4 half-time lead which they never looked like relinquishing in very testing conditions.
In Division 2 of the National Conference, Dockers came away from Bradford Dudley Hill with a very creditable 16-16 draw after being down 16-4 in the second-half, a last-minute converted try levelling the scores. Beverley had the best of a high-scoring affair winning 41-22 against Barrow Island, who were promoted alongside them last season. The hosts raced into an early 18-0 and were well on top throughout but the Cumbrians, who were on a long winning streak, kept hitting back and it was only a late Lewis Poskitt interception that calmed the nerves. Jack Howdle's hat-trick was the highlight and Josh Poskitt was in tremendous for with the boot.
In the Hull and District League, Dockers beat Beverley 44-16 in the battle of the A teams while in the
Yorkshire Men's League Forty-20 Cup, Skirlaugh Bulls went down 36-12 at Cutsyke Raiders while Hull Wyke Academy were trounced 46-8 at Normanton Knights.
Three Tuns were back in action in the Pennine League, coming away from Massey Street with a 20-16 victory over Doncaster Toll Bar.