West Hull come from behind to beat league leaders!
Ryan Wilson's trusty left boot and some resolute defending allowed West Hull to eventually overcome NCL Premier Division table-toppers Egremont 18-14 in an enthralling contest at the Community Centre though only after early shocks.
After being 8-0 down in five minutes at Lock Lane last week before eventually running out easy winners, the Green and Golds were again out of the blocks slowly. A dropped ball in the first move of the game allowed the Cumbrians to gain an early foothold and, after 16 successive tackles, Wests succumbed on their right edge to a powerful burst from Lewis Beckwith. Matt Brewsher's conversion attempt hit an upright and that scenario was repeated seven minutes later when attempting to convert his own try from virtually the same spot.
BARLA skipper J-P Brocklebank then got in on the act, slicing through a huge gap in the home side's defence and with the extras added this time at 14-0 it was beginning to look like a long afternoon for Wests. However, this team is made of stern stuff and they gradually pulled themselves together and began making inroads. Man of the Match Ben Arbon powered his way over close to the left touchline and Wilson judged the gale-force wind to perfection to slot over a much needed two points. It was all West Hull now and it was no great surprise when hard-running young winger Jamie Leigh got over in the corner from a lovely little kick and Wilson was on hand to convert with another brilliant kick.
It was Leigh again shortly after, using his pace to squeeze past a static defence and once again Wilson obliged, this time in off a post.
At 18-14 Wests had got out of jail and were relieved to go into the oranges in front though with 40 minutes of a tough encounter still in front of them. Surprisingly the second period was scoreless. Poor weather conditions didn't allow the game to flow but huge credit to both side's defences to keep the opposition at bay. It was a typical 'blood and thunder' affair with no quarter asked or given but with the likes of Jack Watts and Louis Crowther leading the way the home side's defence held and they finished the game on top. They now sit second on points difference in the table on the same points as Wath Brow Hornets but with a game in hand.
In Division One Skirlaugh produced a shocker at Featherstone Lions going down 50-10 while Myton Warriors' recent resurgence was halted by the unbeaten Pilkington Recs, who won 30-18 at Marist. In Division Two Dockers couldn't quite hold Barrow Island at Tower Grange going down 22-20 but Beverley gained a much needed two points against Bradford Dudley Hill, running out 26-4 victors.
East Hull sit proudly at the top of the Yorkshire Men's League Premier Division after a 40-16 victory at New Earswick All Blacks but West Hull's Academy team were beaten 14-4 at home to Bentley. Wyke Academy were beaten 36-16 at Clayton a lower league but Myton A thrashed Featherstone Lions A 62-26 and Goole beat Skirlaugh Bulls 32-16.
In the Hull and District Open Age League, Brownies Bulldogs beat Dockers A 30-22 at Massey Street but Cottingham Tigers conceded against Beverley Academy.