Forty-20 magazine Tier 4 weekend round-up
BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS claimed their biggest ever win over CARDIFF DEMONS scoring 13 tries in the Porthcawl sun for a 72-10 victory. The Demons started the better and two long runs from loose forward Josh Rogerson almost lead to the opening try.
But despite early pressure they could not score and were punished when Lloyd Ryland broke free for a great solo try, Gareth Howells added the extras. Moments later the lead was doubled when a Gareth David break sent Jonathon Humphrey over before Jamie Lorimer claimed try number three, Howells goaling both. Demons hit back through player/coach Idris Evans but in the final 10 minutes of the half the Bulls run in three more scores through Gareth David, Lee Smith and Kieron Moore for a 30-4 half time lead.
Within a minute of the re-start, Ken Dowding handed off two tacklers to score between the posts before good play from Gethin Davies sent his fellow debutant, 17 year old Lewis Donnelly over in the corner, Howells converting both. Demons claimed a second try from Liam Carey with Evans converting but the Bulls continued to dominate. Dan Smith scored a great solo try before Dowding again went on the charge, offloading to Humphrey who raced over for his, Howells again surefooted.
More misery was heaped on the visitors with Dowding and David both claiming their second scores with Howells and David kicking a goal each. The final say went to man of the match Charles Stevenson who crashed through a number of tackles cap off a fine individual performance. The match also saw Bulls player/coach Craig Fox come off the bench and become the only player to represent the Bulls in each of their ten seasons.
NORTH EAST @NErugbyleague
CRAMLINGTON ROCKETS moved to the top of the North East regional table with a huge 68-4 mid-week win over the WHITLEY BAY BARBARIANS. The home side were simply unstoppable and ran in 13 tries in a convincing display. Dave Knox, Mark Ward, Michael Mitchell and Pat Hardcastle all posted doubles, whilst Thomas Callighan, Stephen Hann, Ian McPherson, Robert Spurr and Myles Hudson also got in on the try scoring act.
DURHAM DEMONS are hot on the heels of Cramlington and did their chances of overhauling them no harm at all with a 60-12 win over CONSETT STEELERS, whilst a third straight win for MINERS RL – 62-10 over WARRIORS – kept them in third and handily placed in the title race. TEESSIDE BULLS returned to winning ways with a third win in five games after a 62-26 success over PETERLEE PUMAS, meanwhile, HARTLEPOOL picked up their first win of the season with a comprehensive 54-4 victory over DURHAM TIGERS.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS got off the mark in the Premier division with a 48-38 win over BIRMINGHAM BULLDOGS in a 17-try thriller at sun-baked Sandyleaze. The lead changed hands four times before the Warriors came out on top with a four-try burst late in the game to finally see off a tenacious Bulldogs outfit for whom Sam Edgar grabbed a hat-trick. Warriors began well producing some superb attacking rugby league to build a 14-0 lead in almost as many minutes through Danny Heath, Chris Hall and Nick Rhodes, Aaron Fowke adding a goal.
The visitors pulled themselves back into the game when Ross Midgeley crossed before Edgar scored his first two tries all of which were converted by Harry Baldock to edge them into the lead. Warriors levelled at the break with a Simon Cook try and took the lead immediately after through Chris Hall. Back came the Bulldogs through Richard Owen before Fowke responded to keep the Warriors’ noses in front. Two quick-fire tries through Edgar and Midgely gave the Bulldogs a 34-30 lead midway through the second period but Matt Williams levelled the scores again before Joe Toft twice and Williams again crossed to restore the Warriors’ 14-point cushion. There was just time for Owen to grab his second to conclude a superb contest.
Club founder Ian Walker scored a hat-trick in SLEAFORD SPARTANS’ 62-6 Division 1 win over NOTTINGHAM OUTLAWS A at the Harvey Hadden Stadium. In brilliant sunshine, the Lincolnshire men piled on the pressure throughout the game, pushing themselves to the top of the league. COVENTRY DRAGONS piled the points, beating local rivals LEAMINGTON ROYALS 58-10, props Lee Ashford and Andy Rowlands causing havoc in the middle.
Division 2 has sprung into life, with an all Derbyshire clash between NORTH DERBYSHIRE CHARGERS and HOPE VALLEY HAWKS going the way of the Peak District men, the Hawks running out 42-16 victors while COVENTRY WARRIORS made their bow as a standalone club, having the upper hand over a lively, but ultimately outgunned LEAMINGTON ROYALS “A”, winning 38-8.
NORTH WEST @rugbyleaguenw
In the Premier Division, two tries on the stroke of half time for BANK QUAY BULLS proved decisive as they ran out 44-12 winners over WIGAN ST CUTHBERTS. With two minutes left of the first half, the Bulls led 18-12, but a 30 metre run from Joe Bird was converted by Craig White and, with St Cuthbert’s still licking their wounds, Kiel Hillman went over to give the hosts a 28-12 lead at the break.
The Bulls then went on to score 16 unanswered points in the second half. Tries from Darren Forshaw, Nick Braide and Eddie Vaughan, and two goals from White, wrapped up the win for Bank Quay to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
Also extending a perfect start to the campaign are WALNEY CENTRAL in Division One, as they overcame the SHEVINGTON SHARKS 38-12. With 28 minutes played, the home side narrowly led 10-8 in a close fought contest. However, two quick tries from Jamie Morrow and Mike McKinley, with the latter also notching two conversions, gave Central a half time lead of 22-8 and when prop Chris Burns went over just a minute into the second period there was no way back for the Sharks; McKinley with the extras. Dan Lythgoe claimed Shevington’s third try but scores from Brad Nicholls with a double and Dave Bell, along with a Dave Nicholson conversion, ensured that Walney remain at the summit.
Elsewhere in Division One, two injuries for HINDLEY in the closing stages of their game at HAYDOCK scuppered their chances of claiming a victory as they went down 36-26. Haydock led by just four points with 15 minutes to go but had to play the remainder of the game with just 12 men and that proved costly, as tries from Dean Dolli and Karl Dingsdale, with the latter adding two goals, put the game beyond the visitors. Jack Silcock did convert Paul Hersnip’s late try as Hindley fought valiantly until the end, but the win for Haydock sees them climb above the visitors into second place.
In Division Four, NEWTON STORM recorded a 44-8 victory over ECCLES. Two early James Walker tries inside the first eight minutes gave the Storm a great start to the contest; Matt Stafford adding one conversion. But Eccles responded with unconverted tries from Mark Judge and Mark Thomas to reduce the arrears to just two points after 20 minutes. However, a Carl Traynor four pointer right on the stroke of half time knocked some wind out of the Eccles sails as Stafford added the extras to give Newton a 16-8 half time lead. That proved pivotal as the Storm went on to score 28 points without reply in the second 40 minutes. Tries from Al Callister, Traynor, Mike Rowe who bagged a brace and Chris Regan, coupled with eight points from the respective boots of Rowe and Stafford wrapped up the win for the home side.
WEST OF ENGLAND @SouthWestRL
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS ‘A’ gained ample revenge for their cup loss to the SOMERSET VIKINGS last week with a 36-14 win at Sandyleaze. The Vikings fought hard and despite playing three quarters of the game with twelve men after the dismissal of Dave Edwards for a high tackle gave a good account of themselves on a hot day. The Warriors fielded a strong-looking side with young talent leavened by some experienced old heads and as at Bridgwater seven days ago, built a good halftime lead. However, this time they held on, scoring seven tries.
The Vikings won a goal-line dropout from the kick off as the Warriors misjudged the ball in the strong wind and they dominated the early play, however it was the home side who were first on the board, Levi Smith picking up a loose offload to drive over by the posts. Ash Lewis kicked the first of his four goals. Then came the sending off as Andy Brown was felled by a high, swinging arm, giving the referee little choice but to produce a red card. The Vikings shrugged off the absence and levelled shortly afterwards when John Ferguson showed determination to force his way over, Josh Bray adding the goal.
The Warriors hit back with two tries before the break to turn round 18-6 to the good. Lewis split the defence from halfway to score a superb individual effort before Tom Askew was awarded a controversial score, hotly contested by the Vikings, as he went over from dummy half following one of many strong runs from man of the match Jerome Moore to set up the attack. The second period began in exactly the same fashion as the first, the Warriors, this time being the beneficiaries and immediately Russ Morris broke through a disorganised defence to increase the lead.
The Vikings responded when George Giles got on the end of some good passing to score in the corner but there was no further scoring until the final quarter when Dale Cook snatched a close-range try from dummy half. Joe Bussell immediately rampaged over for the visitors but the Warriors sealed the game with a well-worked try from Brown out wide. In the final few minutes, most of the Warriors team handled in a mesmerising bout of passing, which resulted in Mike Ashford crossing to seal the win.
LONDON & SOUTH EAST @LondonRL
In the Southern Premier League, a remarkable second half performance by the EASTERN RHINOS saw them notch up their second win of the season with a thumping 72-24 victory over SOUTH LONDON STORM. Incredibly, Storm led 24-20 at half time but 52 unanswered points after the interval turned the game on its head.
LONDON SKOLARS suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 36-12 to HAMMERSMITH HILLS HOISTS. The Hoists gained revenge for their opening day defeat to the north London side and join them at the top of the table. Bottom club WEST LONDON SHARKS got their first win of the season at home to ELMBRIDGE EAGLES. In a close, hard fought contest, a last minute try by the Sharks saw them snatch a dramatic 28-24 victory.
South East Regional League leaders GREENWICH ADMIRALS dropped their first point of the season when they were held to an 18-18 draw at home to the GUILDFORD GIANTS. PORTSMOUTH NAVY SEAHAWKS kept up the pressure on the Admirals with a 44-18 victory over SOUTHAMPTON SPITFIRES in the south coast derby.
In the one Challenge Cup tie held over from last week, MEDWAY DRAGONS won 28-24 at SUSSEX MERLINS in a close, hard fought contest.
BURY TITANS won 34-26 at MILTON KEYNES WOLVES , ST IVES ROOSTERS beat KINGS LYNN 82-26 while BEDFORD TIGERS won 38-22 at NORTH HERTS.
It was a good day all round for the Hammersmith Hills Hoists club with their second string beating NEWHAM DOCKERS 66-10 in their Entry League fixture.
YORKSHIRE MEN’S LEAGUE @YorkshireRL
NORMANTON KNIGHTS ran out 58-32 victors over WESTGATE in free flowing encounter. Jacob and Joe Crossland ran the show for Normanton, full back Joe with two tries and five goals, stand off Jacob weighing in with a hat trick and four conversions. Centre Reece Hampshire, who opened the scoring, finished with a hat trick for the Knights, Levi Price and Tom Alexander making it ten tries for the expansive hosts. Westgate pulled it back to 28-all three minutes into the second half when winger Chris Holland crossed, Mick Hoyle claiming a try and four goals; full back Ryan Chakley with a brace, Danny Allenday and James Blackburn their other try scorers.
FRYSTON proved too strong for DUDLEY HILL, running in 12 tries as they won 68-18. Centre Wayne McHugh opened the scoring with the first of his four touchdowns, Steve Scott bagging a hat trick and Adam Withington claiming a double. Andy Bird, Johnny Haywood and Craig Savage also crossed. Andy Speake kicked six goals, McHugh, Withington, Adam Rothwell and Scott also successful with the boot. Simon Kenefick, Danny Holt, Gavin Mezals and Daniel Woods crossed for the visitors, who trailed 36-10 at the break, Mezals kicking their only goal.
Wayne North, Pat O’Leary and Richard Spinks tries, coupled with three Dan Gray goals gave SHEFFIELD HILLSBOROUGH HAWKS an 18-0 interval lead against WEST BRADFORD BARBARIANS, the South Yorkshiremen cruising to a 42-6 success. Spinks scored a length of the field second a minute into the second half, Marc Goodwin replying for the visitors, Alister Kittsen goaling. Liam O’Leary, veteran prop Rob North and Adam Hughes completed the scoring for the Hawks, Gray perfect with the boot.
Two first half tries from Reece Bell set FEATHERSTONE LIONS on their way to a 46-18 triumph over a big HEWORTH outfit. Dan Craig opened the scoring for the visitors in the ninth minute, Craig Machen and Shane Simpson replying, Luke Beecher goaling one. Craig’s second sandwiched the Bell brace to make it 28-8 at the break. Lee Trigg for Lions and Joe Murphy swapped touchdowns, Liam Senior and Beecher stretching the home advantage, Beecher ending with 18 points. Dave Gardner added a late consolation score for the visitors.
AYRESHIRE STORM’S unbeaten record is over after EDINBURGH EAGLES inflicted a record 70-4 defeat at Union Park in the Central Division. Storm had high hopes of avenging the 46-0 defeat they suffered on their last visit to the capital after a confident start to the season but it never looked on the cards after John Steele notched the opening try for the hosts after five minutes.
The Eagles made it a dozen touchdowns by the close, stand off Dave Vernon and centre Callum Cockburn with hat tricks led the way; Stuart Henderson, Cameron Jackson, Craig Robertson, Colin Jarvis, Dan Barber and skipper Ross Grady suppling the others. Storm’s sole reply came through full back Danyl Davies and, in keeping with their luck throughout, Ross Bryan’s conversion attempt hit the crossbar twice and stayed out.
For the Eagles, Daryl Butcher kicked seven goals and Tom Murray two.
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