Skirlaugh Take The Derby Honours
Skirlaugh held a second-half revival by Myton Warriors to run out 21-12 winners against Myton Warriors in Division One of the NCL at Cranbrook Avenue. The Warriors easily had the edge in the first quarter but some resolute defending by the visitors kept them at bay. Skirlaugh had hardly been out of their own half but with the home side failing to add points to their dominance it was perhaps not surprising when former Warriors favourite Natty Slater reacted best to a kick and touched down and with Carl Puckering adding the extras Myton were left wondering how they were behind and there was much worse to come as speedy winger Tyler Pelham went in for two converted tries and the Warriors were staring at an 18-0 deficit.
Thankfully for them they were able to score an important try on the stroke of half-time when Lee James crashed over in the corner for brother Ash to convert. The second period began well for the home side who were on the offensive straight away and were rewarded when Man of the Match Liam ward went over for a six-pointer. It was all Myton Warriors now and Skirlaugh battled on grimly but the hosts just couldn't get another score and Slater's late drop-goal and a Puckering penalty gave the visitors a 21-12 victory.
West Hull's youngster's suffered a real heartbreak in the BARLA National Cup Final at Hunslet on Sunday, going down 19-20 to Thatto Heath after leading 19-12 in the closing stages. Tries from Scott Spaven, Jack Arnett and Tom Burke, plus three Scott Partis conversions and a drop-goal, looked to have been enough for the Green and Golds but unconverted scores in the 75th and 79th minutes gave the St Helens-based Crusaders the Trophy.
In a rip-roaring NCL Premier Division encounter at the Community Centre, West Hull came back from a 14-4 deficit to snatch a draw against a very powerful Wath Brow. After a cagey first quarter when solid defences were well on top, the Hornets took advantage of a loose pass during a Wests attack to come away with an interception try from winger Greg Howland with Cole Walker-Taylor adding the extras. When Lee Cator was penalised for a high tackle the visitor's full-back added another two points and the Green and Golds looked up against it. A clever cross-field kick from Harry Tyson-Wilson was collected by young winger Jamie Leigh who went in at the corner - Ryan Wilson's conversion attempt hit a post and the visitor's led by four at the break.
With a strong wind behind then in the second period, Wests would have expected to close the gap but a brilliant break from centre Jamie Devine put classy half-back Dean Rooney in under the posts and it looked like being an uphill struggle for the hosts at 4-14. The introduction of Scott Partis galvanised Wests and with the Cator brothers, Lee and Sam, making hard yards they eventually pulled six points back through a powerful burst from the former, with Wilson adding the extras. Louis Crowther then looked certain to score when running on strongly to a short pass but superb defending held him up over the line.
Another penalty for a high tackle allowed Walker-Taylor to put the Hornets six-points up but Ryan Langton was awarded a penalty try for obstruction a few minutes from the end to bring the scores level and set up a grandstand finish though neither side could get into a strong enough position for a drop-goal attempt and a 16-16 draw was probably a fair result.
Ryan Wilson defended heroically for Wests and Jack Lazenby's strong running was a feature while Fran King was always a handful from the loose-forward spot for the visitors and deservedly won the Man of the Match for them.
Beverley are finding life tough in Division Two after their promotion. They were outmuscled by a physical Crossfields at the Potting Shed, the Warrington-based side coming away with a 26-16 victory. In the same division, Dockers lost at home 22-32 to Wigan St Judes.
In the Yorkshire Men's League, Wyke Academy went down 34-18 at Garforth Tigers while Myton 'A' were beaten 17-16 at Milford though in the Premier Division East Hull had a very good 26-14 victory over Queensland at Rosmead Street. In Division One, Lambwath Lions and a young Wyke side played out an entertaining game with the latter running out 46-28 winners.
In the Hull and District Summer League, Cottingham Tigers beat Hull Dockers 18-16.