CATOR HAT-TRICK AS WEST HULL RETURN TO WINNING WAYS
Sam Cator, out of the game for a very long time with a bad injury, has gradually returned to his best this season and was the catalyst in West Hull's 22-6 defeat of Lock Lane in the NCL Premier Division at the Community Centre. Playing in the centre in the absence of Jack Lazenby, Cator's powerful running throughout the game was the feature of a strong performance from the Green and Golds, though skipper Ryan Steen's dismissal, his second of the season, put a damper on the display.
It was all Wests in the opening exchanges and no surprise when a flowing move saw Cator power his way over for Ryan Wilson to add the extras. Lock Lane came more into the game and it took some tough defence, with Scott Spaven prominent, to halt several powerful drives before Ian Kerman, playing full-back, made a superb break and Jacob Moore was on hand to finish off. Wilson again added the extras and with a healthy 12-0 lead at the oranges Wests looked well on their way to halt their three-match losing run.
However, the Castleford side had other ideas and spent the first 15 minutes of the second period camped on the home sides line. Hard-working forward Chris Siddons battled his way over and with James Cryer converting it was game on. Thankfully for West Hull Cator took matters into his own hands, storming over from another clever Kerman pass then setting himself up for the try of the game with a powerful burst which he then carried on after several quick exchanges.
Steen, playing his final game before a five-match suspension kicks in, was by far the victim when sent off in the 69th minute as he was being attacked while on the ground before retaliating. The referee had little option but to send both he and Jack Smith off which was a great pity as the game had been played hard but fair throughout.
Wath Brow Hornets retain top spot after a 38-6 victory over Siddal but the big surprise was the defeat of third-placed Hunslet Club Parkside, going down 34-38 at home to Thatto Heath Crusaders.
Unfortunately Wests and Hull Dockers were the only NCL team from our area to come away with the spoils in another poor afternoon following last week's whitewash. Myton Warriors would have been expected to do better against Milford Marlins in Division One at Marist but were beaten 32-14. A brace of tries from Lee James and another from Brandon Richards plus a Kris Walker conversation gave the Warriors a chance at half-time, going in just 14-16, down but a penalty count of 12-0 against in the second period put paid to their hopes.
Skirlaugh had an absolute shocker at Stanningley, who were two points behind them before the game but won 56-0 though even worse was Beverley's result at East Leeds, Scott Taylor's men coming home with a 79-12 hammering by a side in the relegation zone.
Dockers were well beaten at the Potting Shed last week but you would expect any side featuring veterans Craig Cook and Jon Eccles to have character and it told with a fine 25-18 victory at Barrow Island, who were two points clear of them in the table before the game.
In the Yorkshire Men's League Premier Division, East Hull went down 40-30 at Queensbury while in Division 2 Skirlaugh Bulls lost 12-40 to Ossett Trinity Tigers at Eastside.
West Hull Under 18's just failed in their attempt to bring the BARLA National Cup home, losing 14-12 to Leigh Miners Rangers. Will Gardiner and Oliver Ainsworth scored West's tries with Lewis Wilson converting both.