BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR HULL DOCKERS.
Hull Dockers took the local bragging rights on the opening day of the National Conference League with a 19-18 victory over Beverley in Division Two at The Willows. In front of a big crowd, the home side made the early running and scored first through Chris Lythe with Dan Suddaby adding the extras. The visitor’s reply was almost immediate, Alex Starling jumping high to take Lewis Poskitt’s kick with Lewis Straw equalising with the conversion. Dockers went into a 10-6 half-time lead courtesy of a Peter Holmes four-pointer but early in the second period a fortuitous bounce saw Luke Inglis score for Beverley with Josh Poskitt’s conversion taking them into the lead.
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Craig Cook then went over for the hosts and two Suddaby goals gave them an 18-12 lead but Starling’s second, goaled by Straw, levelled the scores and in a pulsating finish Cook stepped up with a one-pointer to give Dockers a great start to the campaign.
West Hull, already fighting on two fronts in Cup competitions, looked to have a tough start with a visit to newly promoted Thornhill Trojans in the Premier Division but showed their class with a resounding 28-10 victory. The big shock of the day was in Cumbria where Hunslet Club Parkside, unbeaten in all competitions last season, went down 6-0 at Kells.
Skirlaugh, who visit West Hull in the BARLA National Cup, had a very disappointing day at relegated Normanton Knights in Division One, coming away on the end of a 46-4 hammering. In the same Division, Myton Warriors, who drew their opening home fixture last season, repeated the process, 24 apiece against Saddleworth Rangers at Marist. The Warriors drew first blood with a Mike Ward try in the corner but a period of scrappy play saw Rangers equalise through Adam Jeffrey. Gavin Dodd then sent the visitor’s ahead with another four-pointer but a defensive error allowed Dan Spencer to score for the home side and an Ash James conversion took them into the lead.
However, it looked all over for the Warriors when Rangers moved into a 24-10 lead courtesy of some sloppy defending but a Liam Ward ‘special’ gave them hope and Lee James then scored in the corner for brother Ash to convert from the touchline. Constant pressure saw Saddleworth give away a penalty and Ash James stepped up to give the Warriors a point that had looked very unlikely after an hour’s play.
In the Yorkshire Men’s League Forty-20 Cup, East Hull beat Lambwath Lions 26-8 and Skirlaugh Bulls beat Hull Wyke Academy 26-12.