WEST HULL ONE STEP AWAY
West Hull need a victory at Siddal next week to make certain of landing the Premier Division League Leaders Shield after a hard-fought 22-6 victory over Leigh Miners Rangers at the Community Centre. Wests are just one point clear of Wath Brow Hornets and Hunslet Club Parkside with one round remaining though face the most difficult task of the trio of clubs with chances of the title.
Ian Kerman was the catalyst for the victory over the tough-tackling Rangers, who are themselves fighting to stave off relegation. After a lack-lustre opening half-hour in which a swirling wind and squally showers ensued chances were kept to a minimum, the Green and Golds exerted strong pressure and quick hands saw Jack Watts, who had a strong game at centre, cross near the corner with Ryan Wilson adding a superb conversion.
Rangers had played their part in the opening 40 minutes and it was no great surprise when strong-running forward Joe Connors battered his way over between the posts with Jack Reynolds, who was a constant thorn in West's side, adding the extras. At this stage there was no guessing which way the game would go and both sides had tries disallowed but Kerman then took the game by the scruff of the neck, first following a fine Sam Cator break to go in under the post for Scott Spaven to convert then throwing an outrageous dummy to force his way over for a double. Ryan Wilson added the extras but couldn't convert a late Luke Moss score to give Mark Hewitt's men a chance of title glory next weekend.
Skirlaugh's late-season woes continued with another defeat in Division One, this time at home to Oulton Rangers, who won 18-16 but connections of Myton Warriors won't want the season to end as they continued their strong form with a 44-16 victory at Normanton Knights.
Neither have a chance of the play-offs unlike Dockers, who thrashed Division 2 bottom side Askam 84-0 at Tower Grange and a very good campaign sees them in fourth place. Beverley played well enough at Shaw Cross Sharks but a disappointing season ended with a 28-25 defeat.
In the Yorkshire Men's League Premier Division, East Hull had a fine 25-18 victory over Bentley while Skirlaugh Bulls beat Goole Vikings 30-10 in Division 2.