National Conference League Round-up – Week 3



A Chris Stephenson field-goal five minutes from time helped HULL DOCKERS see off LOCK LANE 23-16.

The home side managed tries from Danny Rowse, Tom Wood and James Cryer – plus two Rowse conversions, but it proved to be in vain as the Dockers claimed their second win of the season.

A brace from centre James Beaumont was complimented by further efforts from Andrew Taylor and Dom Proctor, whilst Taylor’s three goals and the late strike from Stephenson proved enough.

EGREMONT RANGERS maintained top spot with a stunning 36-6 win over LEIGH MINERS RANGERS.

Winger Ryan Barnes was a standout performer as he crossed for a hat-trick of tries, whilst he was followed over the whitewash by Peter Murphy, Blake Mahovic and Rhys Davies.

The reliable boot of stand-off John Paul Brocklebank tagged on five goals, whilst the visiting Miners could only register a Ryan Monaghan touchdown and Jonny Youds conversion in response.

THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS came out on top 22-18 in a seesaw encounter with WEST HULL.

The home side registered tries from Chris Frodsham, Darren Woods (2) and Luke Bradshaw, plus three goals from full-back Shaun Quinn.

The visitors were 16-10 adrift at half-time and had Matty Plummer (2) and Tom Cook to thank for their touchdowns, as Josh Hart was on target with three goals.

A good display from SIDDAL saw them run out 26-6 winners over SKIRLAUGH.

Winger Steve Hope gave them an early lead as Gareth Blackburn improved matters with the first of his five goals, and that proved to be the only points of a hard-fought first half.

Prop Luke Garnett crashed over to increase the hosts lead just after the re-start before Chris Brooke’s effort on the hour-mark made the game safe.

The Hull-based visitors managed a Thomas Salter try and Jason Bell conversion to reduce the gap, but it was not to be as Andrew Fox raced in and Blackburn kicked his final goal to complete the scoring.

A 70th minute try from Adam Dwyer – goaled by Chris Boylan – helped INCE ROSE BRIDGE to a 22-18 victory over EAST HULL.

Ryan Eccleston (2) and Calum Hughes crossed for the hosts other tries as Boylan finished with three goals to his name.

The visitors – who led 12-10 at half-time – crossed for three tries of their own as Carl Puckering improved efforts from Ryan Steen, Lee Roberts and Lewis Brown.

WIGAN ST PATRICKS opened their 2013 account with a 27-18 win on the road at YORK ACORN.

A brace from Ryan Smith, plus tries from Simon Atherton and Steve Simm – along with five goals from Brad Smith – proved enough for St Pats.

Acorn marksman Andy Gargan kicked three goals for the home side as Danny Caldwell, Adam Sellers and Joe Porter all crossed.

The repeat of the 2012 Grand Final between MYTON WARRIORS and WATH BROW HORNETS fell victim to the weather as heavy rain rendered the Hull sides pitch unplayable.


Saturday March 16

Egremont Rangers 36 v 6 Leigh Miners Rangers
Lock Lane 16 v 23 Hull Dockers
Ince Rose Bridge 22 v 18 East Hull
Myton Warriors P v P Wath Brow Hornets
Siddal 26 v 6 Skirlaugh
Thatto Heath Crusaders 22 v 18 West Hull
York Acorn 18 v 26 Wigan St Patricks



WIGAN ST JUDES hit back from 14-0 down to squeeze past HUNSLET WARRIORS 26-24.

The Warriors posted tries through a hat-trick from Gareth Brain, Karl Featherstone and Caldon Bravo, plus two Gary McClelland goals.

However, it was not enough as St Judes hit back to maintain their fine start to the season.

A brace each from Thomas Parkinson and Gareth Thomas, plus an effort from Martin Riley gave the visitors some hope, whilst goals from Thomas (2) and Scott Robinson proved decisive.

BRADFORD DUDLEY HILL came on out top 28-24 in a thrilling West Yorkshire derby clash with DEWSBURY CELTIC.

Bolu Fagborun, Ryan Dickinson, Jack Stott, Cameron Gibson and Adam Jefferson were the men to touch down for the Bradford side, whilst four goals from Nathan Kitson proved vital.

Celtic – who trailed 10-8 at half-time – had Danny Thomas, Adam Egan, Mike Foulstone and Pat Foulstone on the scoresheet, with Nikki Crabtree contributing a try and two goals.

MILFORD MARLINS raced to a 48-0 home win over MILLOM.

Matt Harding and Ryan Oxtoby led the way with two tries each, with other efforts coming via Jack Pickles, Richard Hulme and Corey Challenger.

Josh Parle – a try and six goals – had a productive afternoon as his side moved second in the table.

OULTON RAIDERS won a high-scoring affair with WATERHEAD 35-22.

The Raiders hit back from 12-0 to claim the points in an entertaining contest with James Cruickshank helping himself to a hat-trick of tries.

Adrian Holdsworth, Andy Eastham and Danny Stanley also crossed whilst Jamie Benn kicked four goals and a field-goal.

Waterhead managed four tries of their own from Mickey Diveney – who also kicked three goals – Carl Sneyd, Darren Nixon and Josh Brown.

Two tries in the last seven minutes helped EAST LEEDS to a 23-17 success at SADDLEWORTH RANGERS.

Jake Normington and David Nurse were the men to cross for the late efforts as Tom Sheldrake’s conversion and a field-goal from Nathan Conroy completed the late win.

Earlier Luke Tomlinson and Jack Ely had posted tries for the visitors, while Saddleworth had led thanks to efforts from Danny Turner, Ethan Langhorne and Chris Conway.

Josh Bradbury tagged on two conversions and field-goal.

STANLEY RANGERS sneaked past ECCLES with a narrow 18-17 victory.

A late penalty from Danny Grice proved to be the difference as they sides finished with three tries apiece.

Joel Marsh, James Jenkiw and Liam Crawley touched down for the home side as Grice improved two of them.

Eccles – who led 12-10 at the mid-way point – posted tries from Mike O’Boyle, Mike Foster and Martin Judge. Andrew Muscat kicking two goals and Steve Barry slotting over a field-goal.


Saturday March 16

Dewsbury Celtic 24 v 28 Bradford Dudley Hill
Hunslet Warriors 26 v 24 Wigan St Judes
Milford Marlins 48 v 0 Millom
Oulton Raiders 35 v 26 Waterhead
Saddleworth Rangers 17 v 23 East Leeds
Stanley Rangers 18 v 17 Eccles



A hat-trick from Shaun Squires helped SHAW CROSS SHARKS to a 32-20 victory over STANNINGLEY.

Squires also a couple of goals for the Sharks as they claimed their third straight win to top the division.

Phil Wood, Chris Walker and Josh Rymer were the other try scorers, whilst Stanningley responded with four tries of their own.

Dean Parker (2), Josh Roberts and Liam Chadwick were the men to cross the line as Ross Cartmell booted a couple of goals.

NORMANTON KNIGHTS cruised to a 58-6 win over CASTLEFORD PANTHERS as Mtthew Wood led the way with a hat-trick.

Adam Salter and Jonathan Hodgson both crossed twice each and other touchdowns went to Craig Wright – who also kicked a goal – Paul Greaves and Clark Thompson.

Adie Mulcahy added a try and five goals to complete a comprehensive win with the Panthers only response coming via a try and goal from Callum Butler.

ELLAND ground out a 26-12 home win over ASKAM to claim their first win of 2013.

Tries to Chris Cullimore (2), Tom Harnett, Cayci Pearson and Oliver Fairbank, plus three goals from Phil Taylor, sealed the win for the Halifax side.

The Cumbrian visitors were kept scoreless until the 77th minute before they registered points from a try and two goals from Kristian Tyson and a touchdown from James Duerden.

Despite trailing 8-4 at half-time OVENDEN hit back to beat OLDHAM ST ANNES 18-8.

Niall Collins and Nathan Jewitt both crossed to give the visitors the advantage, before the hosts hit back with Jason Dodds (2), Shaun Smith and three Luke Sandland goals.

The game between LEIGH EAST and EASTMOOR DRAGONS fell victim to the weather with the Leigh Sports Village pitch unplayable due to water logging.


Saturday March 16

Elland 26 v 12 Askam
Leigh East P v P Eastmoor Dragons
Normanton Knights 58 v 6 Castleford Panthers
Ovenden 18 v 8 Oldham St Annes
Shaw Cross Sharks 32 v 20 Stanningley



KELLS cruised to their third straight win with an 86-0 destruction of PETERLEE PUMAS.

The Cumbrians ran in 15 tries in a one-sided affair with Scott Lofthouse and Connor Holliday completing hat-tricks.

Craig Benson grabbed a brace and Ryan Rob a try and seven goals as the home side continued to set the pace at the top of the table.

Ross Gainford – a try and six goals – was also amongst the points as Gary Johnstone, Lewis Smith, Ryan Watson, Martin O’Neil and Barry Boyd also cross the whitewash.

After opening up a 20-6 half-time lead PILKINGTON RECS made the game safe as they ran out 32-6 winners over CROSFIELDS.

Kyran Knapper was a standout performer with a try and four goals, whilst Ben Gravener, Barry Pope, Owen Livesey, Kel Duffy and Jamie Smith added further touchdowns.

The visitors could only manage a try from Ben Mellor and a conversion from Jack Reid in response.

BLACKBROOK staged a great comeback to edge past WOOLSTON ROVERS 36-22.

The St Helens side were 18-0 behind after 30 minutes of the contest but inspired by a brace from Mark Leonard they hit back.

Thomas Cunningham, Greg Hale, Kyle Smith and Ste Marsh added further four-pointers whilst the boot of Stephen Parkinson contributed six goals.

Rovers – who were still in front with eight minutes left – crossed for four tries of their own with James Rosson, Bill Maunders, Scott Davidson and Troy Brophy the men to touchdown, three of which were improved by Daniel O’Brien.

COVENTRY BEARS notched their first win in the NCL following a 24-10 success over HINDLEY.

The Bears led 10-0 at the break and made sure of the win thanks to tries from Andy Cooper (2), Ross Bayston and Dave O’Connor, plus goals from Ste Coleman (3) and Ryan Gowling.

The Wigan side did muster a reply with tries from Paul Hersnip and Rob Bailey, one of which was improved by Andy Wright.

UNDERBANK RANGERS claimed their first win of the campaign thanks to a 28-0 victory over HEWORTH.

The visitors suffered the double sin-binning of Dan Walton and Rich Rogers and Rangers took full advantage.

Courtney Allette (2), Craig Williams, Dan Forrand and Sam Hendricks were the men to touchdown, whilst James Usher tagged on four conversions.

FEATHERSTONE LIONS came out on top with a 17-8 win over WIGAN ST CUTHBERTS.

Richard Frankland was a star performer with a try, two goals and field-goal, whilst Josh Blackmore and Davi Garahan added further tries.

For St Cuthberts – who trailed just 6-0 at the interval – Cain Thompson and Matthew Charnock notched tries in the second half.


Saturday March 16 

Coventry Bears 24 v 10 Hindley
Featherstone Lions 17 v 8 Wigan St Cuthberts
Kells 86 v 0 Peterlee Pumas
Pilkington Recs 32 v 6 Crosfields
Underbank Rangers 28 v 0 Heworth
Woolston Rovers 22 v 36 Blackbrook


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