National Conference round-up: March 1st


SIDDAL got off to a winning start in the 2014 Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League thanks to a 26-18 win over LOCK LANE.

Centres Scott Caley (2) and Richard Lopag led the way for the Halifax side whilst Emmerson Newburn and Travis Fiechtner also touched down.

Three goals from Gareth Blackburn completed their scoring on an afternoon which saw them establish a commanding 20-6 half-time lead.

The visitors did manage three tries of their own as Jack Beddis, James Cryer and Chris Siddons all crossed and Danny Rowse landed the extras.

Champions WEST HULL started their title defence with a 34-18 success over city rivals SKIRLAUGH.

Ian Kerman booted five goals to add to touchdowns from Josh Hart, Lewis Brown, Sam Radford, James Garmston, Danny Swales and Matt Plummer as Wests collected their first two points of the campaign.

Mike Johnson, James Jewson and Scott Mountain replied for Skirlaugh, with the conversions coming from Ross Kemp (2) and Joe McLocklan.

WATH BROW HORNETS proved too good for EGREMONT RANGERS in front of a huge crowd at Red Beck.

Last year’s defeated Grand Finalists triumphed 26-14 over their Cumbrian neighbours thanks to tries from Jamie Martin, Mark Watson, Ryan Doran, Scott Pink – who also tagged on three goals – and Luke Davison.

Rangers – who led 8-6 at the interval – couldn’t hold on in the second period and ended with three Matthew Bewsher goals and tries to Rhys Davies and Matthew Henson.

EAST HULL claimed the bragging rights in their derby clash with HULL DOCKERS.

The 25-10 victory was accomplished thanks to tries from Sam Cator, Ryan Steen, Lee Hall and Thomas Brett.

Scott Yeaman (3) and Christopher Spenceley landed the goals and a field-goal from Matthew Spenceley completed the home sides scoring exploits.

Craig Skelton – a try and conversion – and David Palmer responded for Dockers.

The goal-kicking of Nathan Conroy proved to be the difference as EAST LEEDS edged past HUNSLET WARRIORS 32-26.

The stand-off kicked six goals – compared to Warriors Gary McClelland’s three – as they two Leeds sides crossed for five tries each.

Gareth Brain, Connor Spencer, Nathan Kitson, Lloyd Templeton and Caldon Bravo all touched down for the Warriors, whilst Luke Tomlinson, Dale Pattison, Ben Walkin, Jack Ely and Joey Walkin replied for the victors.

THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS did just enough to get past LEIGH MINERS RANGERS 25-18.

Shaun Quinn was again in the points for Thatto as he chipped in with a try and two goals, whilst he was joined on the score sheet by Corey Lee, Jamie Tracey, Luke Bradshaw and Andrew Lea. Scrum-half Jack Jones landed a crucial field-goal three minutes from time.

Miners – who held a slender 12-10 half-time advantage – managed first half tries to Sean McDonald and Ellis Grimes, plus a third effort from winger Jack Probert in the 44th minute. Kieran Eccleston landed three conversions.

WIGAN ST PATRICKS ran in eight tries as they powered past WIGAN ST JUDES 44-14.

Melvin Alker, Jayden Sandford, Charlie Mitchell and Thomas Woodcock touched down in the first half, before second period efforts from Zac Cotton, Ryan Smith (2) and Woodcock underlined their dominance.

Six goals from the boot of scrum-half Bradley Smith completed the St Pats points tally, meaning four-pointers from Scott Robinson, Ryan Pendleton and Thomas Parkinson – and a Robinson goal – were in vain for the home side.

Premier Division

East Hull 25 v 10 Hull Dockers

East Leeds 32 v 26 Hunslet Warriors

Siddal 26 v 18 Lock Lane

Thatto Heath Crusaders 25 v 18 Leigh Miners Rangers

Wath Brow Hornets 26 v 14 Egremont Rangers

West Hull 34 v 18 Skirlaugh

Wigan St Judes 14 v 44 Wigan St Patricks


A four-try show from Matthew Sheridan helped DEWSBURY CELTIC to a dramatic 26-25 derby win over SHAW CROSS SHARKS.

The centre crossed after just three minutes and then added a further three tries in the final 12 minutes to snatch a late win which looked unlikely when they trailed 25-10.

Winger Anthony Dunford claimed the other Celtic touchdown and Pat Foulstone landed three goals, including the crucial late match winner.

The Sharks ran in five tries of their own through Aiden Chandler (2), Ben Spaven, Thomas Stuckey and Ross Roebuck, as Casey Johnson added the two extras and Andrew Tillotson the field-goal.

ECCLES cruised to a 30-6 home success over INCE ROSE BRIDGE.

The Wigan side’s only success came via a try to Ryan Eccleston which was improved by Daniel Cassidy.

That first half effort kept them in touch at the break but in the second half Eccles made the game safe. Eze Harper raced in for a hat-trick, Jayden Lund claimed a brace and prop Mark Jones crashed over for a further effort.

Three goals from the boot of Andrew Muscat completed a great afternoon’s work.

OULTON RAIDERS returned from Hull with the points following a 38-16 win at MYTON WARRIORS.

Chris Hope (2), Nathan Batty, Daniel Mackintosh, Thomas Griffiths, James Cruickshank and Daniel Stanley all crossed the whitewash for the visitors as goals from Stanley (4) and Mackintosh completed the job.

Myton could only muster tries to Michael Beecher (2) and Nathan Slater in response, with the conversions coming from Ashley James and Kris Walker.

ROCHDALE MAYFIELD turned on the style to run out 60-20 winners over MILLOM.

Lewis Sheridan’s 18-point haul – a try and seven goals – led the way and he was closely followed by Matt Calland and Paul Brearley who both touched down twice.

Jack Sampson, Robert Kershaw, Sam Butterworth – who also kicked a goal – Luke Sampson, Callum Marriott and Aiden Gleeson joined in on the scoring fun as Mayfield made their intentions known.

The Cumbrian-based visitors responded with touchdowns from Dan White, Joshua Banham, Gareth Heasley and Thomas Sibley, as Ricky Donoghue and Jonathan Hodgson added a conversion apiece.

SADDLEWORTH RANGERS and MILFORD MARLINS played out an entertaining 26-26 draw.

Late tries from Luke Reeves and Aaron Jones-Bishop helped the Marlins storm back and earn a point, whilst Martin Loveridge’s three goals played a vital role.

Jones-Bishop, David Yates and Wheth Austin have crossed earlier for the Leeds-based visitors, while Rangers had led through a Ryan Moores brace and other tries from Josh Bradbury and Scott Owen. Five of the home sides tries were improved by Michael Coates.


A Chris Woolford effort in the 72nd minute – which was improved by Adrian Mulcahy – proved decisive, whilst the other Knights points came from a brace from centre Lee Maskill and two more Mulcahy conversions.

The home side led 10-6 at half-time and were eventually undone despite tries to Tim Elliot, Davey Burns and Joseph Porter, plus a pair of Ryan Gallagher goals.

Division One

Dewsbury Celtic 26 v 25 Shaw Cross Sharks

Eccles 30 v 6 Ince Rose Bridge

Myton Warriors 16 v 38 Oulton Raiders

Rochdale Mayfield 60 v 20 Millom

Saddleworth Rangers 26 v 26 Milford Marlins

York Acorn 16 v 18 Normanton Knights


Two tries apiece to Jamie Brentley and Aiden Batey helped BRADFORD DUDLEY HILL to a 34-20 win over STANNINGLEY.

Neil Wall, Adam Jefferson and Anthony Huby also touched down whilst Simon Sewell (2) and Dave Halley added the extras to get the Bradford outfit off to the perfect start in 2014.

Stanningley were limited to tries from Joshua Tate, Thomas Backhouse, Sean Cooper and Thomas Sharp. Jack Marshall and Jack Sykes both added a conversion.

OVENDEN produced a great defensive effort to see off ELLAND 14-0.

Shaun Smith, Chris Geoghegan and Matthew Dawson all touched down for the visitors and Nathan Smith’s conversion made it a derby day to remember for Ovenden.

KELLS hit the half-century mark as they cruised to a 54-6 victory over ASKAM.

The visitors trailed 38-0 at the break and their only success came when Kristian Tyson improved a Mark Tyson touchdown eight minutes from time.

Ross Gainford landed seven goals for the hosts with Lewis Smith and Tyrone Dalton touching down twice.

Other four-pointers came from Craig Benson, Daniel Joyce, Carl Sice, Ryan Watson, Martin O’Neil and Ross Ainley as the 50-mark was passed.

OLDHAM ST ANNES triumphed 30-22 at LEIGH EAST.

Christopher Penn, Keiron Gaskell, Ryan O’Toole and Gavin Hunter all crossed for Easts, but even with three Adam Holland conversions it was not to be Easts day.

The Saints had Kiel Lancashire in form as he chipped in with a 14-point haul – a try and five goals – as Greg Worrall, David Harris and Dominic Igoe all crossed the line.

Danny Lynch’s 30-point haul – two tries and 11 goals – and a hat-trick to centre Ian Stanley were the highlights of PILKINGTON RECS 70-22 win over WATERHEAD.

Kyran Knapper (2), Daniel Filson, Gregory Smith (2), Richard Rafferty and Barry Pope completed Pilks 12-try display meaning the visitors four tries meant nothing.

Ashley Wildman, Ryan Lynch, Chris Hough and Matthew Holland were the men to score the tries as Alexander Jobson landed three conversions.

STANLEY RANGERS edged a high-scoring affair with CASTLEFORD PANTHERS 42-36.

Thomas Strong (2), John Brummitt, Luke Varley, Wayne Hardy and Chris Smith touched down for the Panthers and stand-off James Clarkson booted six goals.

For the victors Joel Marsh and John Nunns grabbed a brace apiece and Daniel Grice landed five goals and crossed once.

Charles Ellis, Liam Crawley and Gareth Rawlinson also added their names to the scorers list.

Division Two

Bradford Dudley Hill 34 v 20 Stanningley

Elland 0 v 14 Ovenden

Kells 54 v 6 Askam

Leigh East 22 v 30 Oldham St Annes

Pilkington Recs 70 v 22 Waterhead

Stanley Rangers 42 v 36 Castleford Panthers


Honours were even when BLACKBROOK and CROSFIELDS played out a 16-16 draw.

All the home side’s points arrived in the first half thanks to tries from Greg Hale (2) and Joseph Bate, plus two Stephenson Parkinson goals.

However, Crosfields were not to be undone as Nathan Hamilton and Jack Reid – who also added a couple of conversions – added to Philip Brazendale’s first half touchdown.

COVENTRY BEARS were no match for UNDERBANK RANGERS as the Huddersfield side powered to a 44-10 win in the midlands.

First half tries to Thomas Davies and Liam Wellings – plus a Stephen Coleman goal – were all the hosts had to show for their opening weekend efforts as the Huddersfield-based visitors ran in eight tries.

Stand-off Neil Barrett kept the scoreboard ticking over with six conversions to supplement tries from Alex Chatterton, James Usher (2), Daniel Farrand, David Pawson (2), Matt Adam and Corey Neal.

FEATHERSTONE LIONS got their season off to a winning start thanks to a 34-18 success at EASTMOOR DRAGONS.

Richard Frankland – a try and five goals – led the way and he was joined on the score sheet by Jake Perkins, Brendon Gibbins, Daniel Glassell, George Nuttall and Michael Williams.

The Dragons hit back with a goal from James Slater which added to four-pointers from Michael Jedynak, Lee Whiteley, Ryan Denton and Michael Hoyle.

PETERLEE PUMAS hit the front through a Jack Adamson try but fell away to a 36-8 defeat to HEWORTH.

Carl Brown added another home score in the second half but it was never going to be enough to stop a Heworth side that finished with seven tries and four Danny Allan goals.

Paul Thompson, George Wilkinson, Jonathan Payne (2), Joshua Poulter, Mark Hayes and Daryl Fogg were the try scorers.

Division Three

Blackbrook 16 v 16 Crosfields

Coventry Bears 10 v 44 Underbank Rangers

Eastmoor Dragons 18 v 34 Featherstone Lions

Peterlee Pumas 8 v 36 Heworth

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