WESTS BACK ON WINNING TRAIL
WEST HULL returned to winning ways in the NCL Premier Division at the Community Centre on Saturday with a comprehensive 42-0 victory over a much-changed Thornhill Trojans. The visitors had eight changes to the original team sheet and though Wests were nowhere near full strength they still proved much too strong for last year's promoted side.
After the Trojans fumbled in their own 25, a length of the field move saw Jamie Leigh cross in the corner, just too far out for the conversion, but kicker Ryan Wilson made no mistake when Jack Lazenby side-stepped his way through the visitor's defence to go in under the posts. Further tries from Ryan Langton and Sam Cator, both after periods of sustained pressure, were converted and the Green and Golds went in at half-time with a 20-0 lead.
Shortly after the break the game erupted into a general free--for-all and though it was mostly 'handbags' a couple of punches were thrown. The referee took the sensible option and sent four players, including Wests Oscar Ellerington and Josh Wood, for a ten-minute cooling down which did the trick as there were no more incidents. Jack Lazenby showed the opposition a clean pair of heels for length of the field scores - not once but twice - to complete his hat-trick then Matty Plummer went over near the posts and Scott Spaven completed the scoring when jinking over for a 42 points margin.
The Trojans, well led by scrum-half Casey Johnson and forward Anthony Harris, never gave up and spent the last five minutes of the game camped on West Hull's line but solid defence kept them at bay. Wests remain second after victories for Wath Brow Hornets, Siddal, Hunslet Club Parkside and Thatto Heath Crusaders.
After a poor run of defeats, Myton Warriors came away from Dewsbury with a 34-12 victory over the Maroons in Division One. The Warriors made a poor start and were quickly 12-0 behind but tries from Man of the Match Liam Ward, a double for Lee James, Adam Piggott, Dave Brookes and Matty Thomas plus five Ash James conversions saw them home. Skirlaugh suffered a mauling at Wigan St Patricks, going down 64-0. They remain seventh in the League with the Warriors up to eighth.
Fourth-placed Dockers' recent good run in Division Two came to an end with a 46-32 defeat at third-placed Wigan St Judes while Beverley's woes continue with a 28-0 loss at Crosfields.
In the Yorkshire Men's League, Skirlaugh Bulls had a 25-20 victory over Wibsey Warriors at Eastside while Myton Warriors A went down 40-28 at Featherstone Lions A.