Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League round-up

PREMIER DIVISION

ROCHDALE MAYFIELD ran in 13 tries to demolish EAST LEEDS 72-16 to remain second in the table.

Centres Dave Wood and Matt Calland both picked up hat-tricks, whilst first half efforts from winger Declan Sheridan and stand-off Paul Brierley helped the home side to an unassailable 42-0 lead by the break.

Nick Hargreaves increased the advantage with the opening try of the second period, before Easts eventually got going with touchdowns from hooker John Carter and full-back Ash Stevenson which were both goaled by Nathan Conroy.

Prop Luke Pettman crossed for another effort for the visitors, but they could not contain a rampant Mayfield side which added second half scores by Lewis Sheridan (2), Brierley and Mark Biggins, with the performance capped by goals from scrum-half Sam Butterworth (8) and Aidy Gleeson (2).

EGREMONT RANGERS staged a superb comeback to see off HULL DOCKERS 29-26.

The Cumbrian hosts were 16 points adrift but roared back to pick up what could be a valuable two points as they strive for a play-off spot.

Full-back Ross Brookes played a crucial role with a try and four goals, whilst winger Jack Stainton crossed for what proved to be the match winner four minutes from time.

Blake Mahovic, Matthew Henson and Daniel Telford were the other home try scorers, although the visitors must of through the game was there for the taking after racing into a 16-0 lead after just 25 minutes.

Jon Eccles, Chris Lyth and Chris Stephenson all touched down to give Dockers a flying start which was made even better by two of centre Ross Kemp’s three goal haul.

However, they couldn’t hold on and could only muster a brace from Nick Powley in the final quarter as they slipped to an agonising defeat.

THATTO HEAT CRUSADERS gave their hopes of avoiding the drop a major boost thanks to a 26-22 triumph at LOCK LANE.

Centre Sean Leicester was a vital contributor with a hat-trick of tries and three goals, as scrum-half Daniel Wakefield and prop Adam Hesketh both crossed in a four minute purple-patch just after the hour-mark.

The home side – who held a narrow 8-6 lead at the interval – remain just outside the play-off places despite tries from three-quarters Connor Turner, Daniel Holmes and Lewis Pryce, plus other four-pointers via Luke Tagg and Richard Lupton.

Crucially scrum-half Danny Rowse managed just a single conversion.

The NCL Management will decide on the outcome of the OULTON RAIDERS and SIDDAL encounter after the contest was ended seven minutes early due to a brawl.

The visitors were well in control at 28-6 at the time after a try and four goals from winger Gavin Stead, plus other efforts from Chester Butler, Zack McComb (2) and Daniel Williams.

Oulton – who were 22-0 down on the hour-mark – briefly rallied when Harry Grayson improved Daniel Stanley’s try.

WEST HULL boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a 24-22 home win over WATH BROW HORNETS.

In a repeat of the last two Grand Finals it was the hosts who got off to the best possible start with three tries inside the opening 20 minutes through Joshua Nicklin, Callum King and Daniel Nicklas.

Stand-off Ian Kerman improved all three and also a second half effort from loose-forward Ryan Steen, but they were made to work hard following a great Hornets comeback.

Fran King improved loose-forward Charlie Tomlinson’s first half effort to give them some encouragement, before centre Karl King (2) and winger Jamie Devine went over in the final 15 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

Hooker Cole Walker-Taylor chipped in with a couple of conversions but the Cumbrian visitors would come up just short.

LEIGH MINERS RANGERS continue to top the table with their latest victory coming 32-22 at WIGAN ST PATRICKS.

Centre Brad Hargreaves (2) and full-back Andrew Groves touched down to help the Miners into a 16-6 half-time lead, although Dean Hatton converted a Fred Brown touchdown to give St Pats a foothold in the game.

Hatton eventually finished with a three goal haul but his side would come up short despite further touchdowns from centre Simon Atherton (2) and winger Tyler Spencer which saw them go 22-20 ahead with 15 minutes left.

A strong finish from the league leaders saw them take the spoils as James Muir and Darryl Kay added to scrum-half Scott O’Brien’s earlier effort, whilst centre Jonny Youds chipped in with four goals.

Saturday September 5

Egremont Rangers 29 v 26 Hull Dockers
Lock Lane 22 v 26 Thatto Heath Crusaders
Oulton Raiders 6 v 28 Siddal
Rochdale Mayfield 72 v 16 East Leeds
West Hull 24 v 22 Wath Brow Hornets
Wigan St Patricks 22 v 32 Leigh Miners Rangers

DIVISION ONE

PILKINGTON RECS kept their promotion push on course with a 32-18 win on the road at SHAW CROSS SHARKS.

There was little to choose between the two sides in a hard fought encounter which saw the visitors eventually take the spoils and end the Sharks three-game winning run.

Pilks went in at the break 12-6 to the good after scrum-half Danny Lynch improved tries from winger Kyran Knapper and full-back Ryan Hilliard, however, in between those scores home winger Ross Roebuck went over for a Danny Flowers improved score.

Scrum-half Flowers was also on target to convert a Luke Hudson score and late Casey Johnson effort, but the Sharks were really undone by three Pilkington touchdowns in 11 second half minutes.

Miles Garrity, Ian Stanley and Mark Ashton were the men to cross the whitewash, before second-rower Mark Briody sealed it with a 70th minute effort and Lynch completed a four-goal haul.

KELLS continue to set the pace with their latest win coming 42-24 at INCE ROSE BRIDGE.

The leaders found themselves 14-6 down at one point but stormed back to pick up their sixteenth win of the campaign.

Scott Lofthouse led the way with a brace, whilst Ross Gainford contributed a try and conversion.

Ben Milburn – who also kicked four goals – Dominic Wear, Carl Sice, David Lowery and Ross Ainley supplied the other touchdowns.

Jamie Malone (2), Callum Hughes and Ben Tootle replied for Ince with Daniel Cassidy (3) and Andy Collier adding the goals.

A last-gasp try from Harry Gilfillan gave MILFORD MARLINS a thrilling 20-16 win over YORK ACORN.

Steve Bacon, Ryan Oxtoby – who also added a couple of goals – and James Barker also touched down for a Marlins side that had led 14-4 at the break.

The visiting Acorn side looked like they would come out on top after leading thanks to tries from Steve Mackley, Tom Hill and Jordan Potter, two of which Anthony Chilton improved.

Thomas Carroll claimed a hat-trick and Adie Mulcahy contributed two tries and seven goals as NORMANTON KNIGHTS powered past ELLAND 54-28.

Andrew Claire, Joe Crossland, Steve Lewis and Ryan Kelsey also crossed for the Knights who continue to put the pressure on the top two.

Elland – who were 28-10 adrift at the interval – replied with efforts from Jack Fairbank, Oliver Fairbank, Joe Fradgley, David Webb and Richard Crawshaw.

Cayci Pearson (3) and Phil Taylor added the extras.

HUNSLET WARRIORS edged a high scoring contest with SADDLEWORTH RANGERS 34-32.

Luke Day (2), Mark Cunningham, Dave Norton, Lee West, Dale Bateson and Chris Hartley provided the Warriors four-pointers with Gary McClelland on target with three goals.

Bottom-placed Rangers missed out on just their third win of the season despite a try and two goals from Jack Bradbury, plus touchdowns from Bowden Morgan, Callum Siddal, James Whalley and Dale Lowe. Josh Bradbury booted four conversions.

Carl Puckering collected a 30-point haul as SKIRLAUGH cruised past SALFORD CITY ROOSTERS 60-14.

Lee Waterman crossed for a hat-trick and landed a conversion, whilst the other home try scorers were Jed Carter, Stu Smith, Harry Inman and James Higginbotham.

The visitors were only 24-10 behind at half-time but couldn’t hold the rampant home side after the break. They did however grab some consolation through tries to Joe Connor (2) and Thomas Pratt, plus a George Kemp conversion.

MYTON WARRIORS held off a spirited display from WIGAN ST JUDES to edge home 24-22.

Barry Rothwell’s second try came too late for the hosts who also added four-pointers from Nathan Jones and Gavin Rodden, plus three goals from the boot of Rothwell.

Nathan Slater (2), Ryan Marrazza and Liam Ward crossed for the visitors, with the goals supplied by Ash James (3) and Kris Walker.

Saturday September 5

Ince Rose Bridge 24 v 42 Kells
Milford Marlins 20 v 16 York Acorn
Normanton Knights 54 v 28 Elland
Saddleworth Rangers 32 v 34 Hunslet Warriors
Shaw Cross Sharks 18 v 32 Pilkington Recs
Skirlaugh 60 v 14 Salford City Roosters
Wigan St Judes 22 v 24 Myton Warriors

DIVISION TWO

DEWSBURY CELTIC leap-frogged BRADFORD DUDLEY HILL after beating their West Yorkshire rivals 14-8 on Friday night.

Sam Halloran, Jermaine Akaidere and Aaron James supplied the Celtic tries, whilst Pat Foulstone added a conversion.

The hosts points all came in the first half through tries to Elliott Cousins and Neil Wall.

BLACKBROOK produced a clinical second half display to beat OLDHAM ST ANNES 36-10.

The home side trailed 10-8 at the break but hit back to collect their ninth win of the season with some ease.

Steve Parkinson (2) – who also kicked two goals – Danny Fairhurst (2), Sean Richardson, Lee Brown and Greg Hales supplied the home sides tries, with Jordan Welsby and Dan Parkes each kicking a goal.

Kiel Lancashire had earlier crossed for a try and kicked a goal, whilst Dave Harris also popped over.

FEATHERSTONE LIONS were far too strong for ASKAM as they ran out 68-4 winners.

The visitors could only muster a Lee Norman try as the Lions dominated from start to finish.

Scott Glassell – three tries and four goals – led the rout, whilst other scores arrived via Joe Fox (2), Gaz Gales (2), Kieran Redfearn, Josh Hardcastle, Kev Eadie, Danny Glassell, Sam Millard and Davi Garahan.

Rich Frankland completed the job with four conversions.

LEIGH EAST remain in third place after a convincing 46-14 home triumph over STANLEY RANGERS.

Jake Beaumont (2), Adam Holland, Dean Balmer, Patrick Grainey, Martin Roden, Lee Rowley and Chris Penn all added their names to the score sheet, with Holland (2), Ryan Peters (2) and Curtis Littlewood (3) adding the extras.

The visitors actually led 8-6 after the opening exchanges but couldn’t live with Leigh after that.

Jamie Bell and James Senkiw touchdowns gave them hope, but after that they could add a Kieran Holt effort which was goaled by Danny Grice.

MILLOM continue to lead the way but didn’t have things their own way in the 36-24 win at UNDERBANK RANGERS.

The visitors found themselves 18-8 down at one stage, but recovered to pick up the points to keep the two clear at the summit.

Adam Kelly helped himself to a try and six goals, Warwick Carter claimed a brace and there were other efforts from Lee Postlethwaite, Dom O’Brien and Joe Wright.

Richard Pogson and Joel Croker both kicked two goals for the hosts which supplemented tries from Alex Chatterton, Chris Druett, Dave Valentine and Mitch Turner.

Friday September 4

Bradford Dudley Hill 8 v 14 Dewsbury Celtic

Saturday September 5

Blackbrook 36 v 10 Oldham St Annes
Featherstone Lions 68 v 4 Askam
Leigh East 46 v 14 Stanley Rangers
Underbank Rangers 24 v 36 Millom

DIVISION THREE

Joel Gibson helped himself to a 34-point haul – four tries and nine goals – as THORNHILL TROJANS hammered derby rivals DEWSBURY MOOR MAROONS 64-4 on Friday evening.

Liam Morley crossed for a hat-trick and Mindugas Bendikas claimed a brace and kicked a goal as the Trojans controlled matters throughout.

Adam Allerton and Luke Haigh also scored for the rampant hosts who were 30-0 to the good by half-time.

George Croisdale did manage a consolation effort for Moor in the second half.

CROSFIELDS got the better of WIBSEY WARRIORS 53-34 in a high-scoring affair.

Hayden James helped himself to a hat-trick, Nathan Taylor bagged a brace and Jack Reid chipped in with a try and eight goals as the hosts passed the half-century mark.

Lewis Bani, Keiron Thomas and Steve Pickersgill also crossed, and Phil Brazendale landed a late field-goal.

The Warriors were 28-18 behind at the break and closed with a hat-trick from Brad Tattersall, two from Jimmy Rodgers and a further effort from Michael Derrick. Kaine Gray was on target with five conversions.

There were hat-tricks for Keiron Roche and Martin Reilly as DRIGHLINGTON overcame EASTMOOR DRAGONS 46-6.

Dan Sanderson and Nathan Larvin also crossed for the hosts, whilst Josh Milnes (4) and Michael Sanderson (3) added the extras.

The Dragons were limited to a try and conversion from James Slater.

GATESHEAD STORM picked up their fourth win of the season as they battled past WATERHEAD WARRIORS 24-20.

Adam Houston crossed for a try and kicked four goals as the Storm built up a 18 lead before having to withstand a Warriors fightback.

Andrew Morris (2) and Luke Banham also crossed for Gateshead, while Liam Aspin bagged a brace for the visitors.

Kieron Dean and Luke Dufeu added further touchdowns as Jamie Mayall added a couple of conversions.

WOOLSTON ROVERS did just enough to get past STANNINGLEY by winning 26-24.

Glyn Roberts, Jack Roberts, James Rosson, Paul Berry and Chris Twigg were the Woolston try scorers, with Twigg also adding three conversions.

Stanningley – who were 22-6 down at the break – improved in the second half but ultimately came up just short despite four goals from Callum Smithson and four-pointers from Martin McNiven, Ashley Kearsley, Mark Calderwood and Jack Sykes.

Friday September 4

Thornhill Trojans 64 v 4 Dewsbury Moor Maroons

Saturday September 5

Crosfields 53 v 34 Wibsey Warriors
Drighlington 46 v 6 Eastmoor Dragons
Gateshead Storm 24 v 20 Waterhead Warriors
Woolston Rovers 26 v 24 Stanningley