HEWITT'S YOUNGSTERS COME UP TRUMPS AGAIN!
West Hull have leapfrogged Wath Brow Hornets to return to the top of the NCL Premier Division after slamming Underbank Rangers 28-0 at the Community Centre. The Hornets suffered a reverse at Thatto Heath Crusaders - the visitors to North Road next week - and are now two points behind the Green and Golds having played a game more.
Mark Hewitt's policy of blooding youngsters is paying huge dividends this campaign. Luke Shaw and Jamie Leigh have been regulars while Ethan Shore made his mark with a double last week. All three started against Rangers and were joined by another teenager, Tom Burke, who crowned a memorable game with the Man of the Match award after scoring two tries.
While Underbank's forwards were bigger that the West Hull pack, the likes of Ryan Wilson and Ryan Steen have proved time and time again that they don't take backward steps, setting the platform for the young backs to show their mettle and that was certainly the case on Saturday. The Rangers' full-back Jakob Garside tried hard to stem the tide but Wests were relentless in the second period when the visitor's wilted in the humid conditions. Burke was joined by Scott Spaven, Jacob Moore and Steen on the try-scorer's list with Spaven and Wilson adding extras.
After a drubbling at Featherstone Lions early last month, Skirlaugh have steadied the ship and moved into fifth place in Division One after a cracking 32-26 victory at Saddleworth Rangers. Lee Roberts' men have now won three on the trot and are level on points with the Lions and Milford. York Acorn lie second behind Pilkington Recs and they sustained their challenge with a hard-fought 18-12 victory over Myton Warriors at Marist.
The Warriors are making an unfortunate habit of losing close matches, otherwise they would be in a much healthier position than their current eighth. They were first on the score-sheet on Saturday through a Kris Walker try and Ash James conversion but injuries took their toll and were behind at half-time. There'es no doubting the team's commitment, once again superbly led by Liam Welham, but couldn't claw back the deficit and finished the game with a bench full of injured players.
Dockers had a welcome 32-16 victory over Bradford Dudley Hill in Division Two but Beverley continue to struggle after their promotion and went down 12-22 to leaders Ince Rose Bridge at the Potting Shed.