WEST HULL SNATCH LATE VICTORY
Losing 10-8 in the last quarter to a powerful Thatto Heath Crusaders, and having skipper Ryan Steen sent off, West Hull were staring at their first defeat of the season in the NCL Premier Division at the Community Centre but these young men have become battle-hardened over recent weeks and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. In terrible conditions. The Crusaders opened the scoring when Wests young winger Ethan Shore had his 'pockets picked' and centre Corey Lee took advantage. Bobby Goulding was unable to add the extras but Shore made up for his error when taking a superb Scott Spaven kick and crashing over, too far out for Ryan Wilson to convert. Not surprisingly the game was error-strewn and littered with penalties and Goulding took advantage with two penalties to take the score to 8-4 in favour of the visitors at half-time.
Jack Watts squeezed over in the right-hand corner when there looked nothing on, again too far out for the conversion but another Goulding two-pointer took the Crusaders back into the lead, which they looked certain to hold when Steen got his marching orders. The St Helens-based side had chances to put the game to bed but it was Wests who finished the stronger despite the lack of numbers and Spaven jinked his way over to give the Green and Golds the lead before Shore continued his try-scoring form when crashing over on the whistle. Wests travel to Wath Brow Hornets, currently in second place, next week.
Skirlaugh are up to fourth in Division Two after a 36-22 victory over Normanton Knights in a feisty encounter at Eastside. Tries from Lewis Todd, Matty Harling, Natty Slater, Paul Roberts, Sam Heppell and a brace from Tyler Pelham, plus four goals from Tom Saltmer, were enough to see off the opposition and with leaders Pilkington Recs suffering a surprise defeat, it gives Skirlaugh some hope on their travels to Lancashire next week. Myton Warriors are making a (bad) habit of losing close encounters and once again were on the wrong end when going down 26-20 at Saddleworth.
Dockers and Beverley both occupy mid-table positions after victories in Division Two. The former had a comfortable 40-10 success over Crosfields at Tower Grange while Beverley overcame Clock Face Miners 23-20 at the Potting Shed.
In the Yorkshire Men's League, Hull Wyke drew with Sharlston 16-16 at Cropton Road but Skirlaugh Bulls were beaten 32-22 at Wibsey Warriors. It's good to see the hard work and dedication of the committee and coaching staff at Lambwath Lions paying off. The East Hull lads came away from Bradford with a 28-18 victory at Odsal Sedburgh.