West Hull Tough It Out!
West Hull maintained their unbeaten run in Cup and League competitions with a hard-fought victory over Rochdale Mayfield at the Community Centre with the visitors heading home wondering how they managed to throw away the points.
In the very first attack of the game, Wests full-back Harry Tyson-Wilson had his 'pockets picked' by lively hooker Lewis Sheridan, who produced a one-on-one steal to go in under the posts. Zak Hartley converted and the West Hull faithful were stunned into silence a couple of minutes later when the home defence failed to defuse a cross field kick and Corey Newsham went over in the corner, too far out for the conversion.
At that stage Wests had hardly touched the ball and some uncompromising tacking saw them on the back foot until Josh Nicklin reduced the margin with a well-worked try in the left-hand corner, too far out for Ryan Wilson to convert. Nathan Powley then produced one of his typical bursts from acting half to catch the visitor's defence unawares and score under the posts. Wilson converted and it was all square until Ben Arbon went over despite taking a hefty knock in the process of touching down for an unconverted score.
The second half began with Oscar Ellerington receiving a yellow card for what looked a hard but perfectly legal challenge and Mayfield began to take control. They battered away at the home defence, forcing them into errors and having to concede several drop-outs in succession so it was no great shock when classy half-back Cole Connolly sold two outrageous dummies and went over unopposed for a six-pointer. Mayfield were now dominant and it took some tremendous goal-line tackling to keep them at bay, which paid of when in a rare Wests foray into the visitor's half Wilson was able to slot over a penalty for holding down to level the scores.
Mayfield were still looking the more likely to score but with the influential Connolly off injured and time running out Wests summed up reserves of energy for a late attack and crisp passing which involved Harry Tyson-Wilson, making up for his early lapse, joining the line and sending young winger Jamie Leigh over for a defining score. Ryan Wilson added a magnificent conversion from the touchline and Scott Spaven's cool drop-goal ended the visitor's hopes, though they thought they had gone over in the final minute only to be brought back for a forward pass.
Centre Jack Lazenby had a strong game for the victors though it was the forwards, superbly led by Ryan Wilson in the absence of skipper Ryan Steen, who set the platform for a hard-fought victory over very tough opposition.
Myton Warriors, beaten 31-30 last week, were once again involved in high-scoring defeat, going down 34-28 at Wigan St Patrick's in Division One but Skirlaugh maintained their good form with a 34-21 victory at Oulton Raider. In Division Two Beverley had the upper hand over Shaw Cross Sharks at the Potting Shed coming away with a 30-16 victory. Tries from Lewis Straw, Tom Moor and two from Alex Starling, plus four Straw conversions, saw the Braves race into a 26-6 half-time lead and Will Wallis added to the tally in the second period.
East Hull have reached the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Men's League Forty20 Cup after beating Brighouse Rangers 24-22 in West Yorkshire