Tier 4 Regional Leage round-up
All results, fixtures and tables from each individual league can be found by following the links to that region's website below...
NORTH WEST @rugbyleaguenw
WALNEY CENTRAL moved top of Division One with a convincing 38-22 win over LEIGH EAST. Adam Cooper gave Leigh the lead only for Danny Morrow to cross for a brace to give Walney a slender 8-6 advantage at the break. The second half produced plenty of points with the hosts really hitting their straps. Matthew Elliott and Danny Lockheart pushed them further in front only for Leigh to respond with touchdowns from Damon Fishwick and Daniel Aspen in an increasingly engrossing contest. Mike Elliott was the next to go over for Walney and moments later the impressive Morrow crossed to complete a well deserved hat-trick. Further four-pointers to half-backs Jamie Morrow and Brad Nicholls made the game safe, although in between, Gary Fletcher had given Leigh some hope. Walney’s three goals came from the boot of winger Dave Nicholson whilst Dave Aldred was also on target three times for Leigh.
A blistering start helped LEYLAND WARRIORS see off OLDHAM ST ANNES 44-28 at Higginshaw Road in their Division Two clash. Paul Lorenzen, Tom Lever, David Palin and Ollie Austen all crossed inside the first quarter and with Scott Low improving three of them, the visitors were 22-0 to the good. Sean Stubbs and Kendal Davies hit back for St Annes and along with two Tom Power conversions brought them back into contention. Austen’s second nudged the Warriors further ahead, before a Mark Ward effort and third conversion from Power made it all to play for at half-time. The second period yielded five more tries as Jonathan Kelly and Sean Cadwallder went over for the home side and Lever and Lorenzen with a double – to complete his hat-trick – sealed it for Leyland. Power added one more goal to his earlier efforts whilst Low finished with six from eight attempts.
CLOCK FACE cruised to a comfortable 32-10 home success over BARROW ISLAND in the Premier Division. Man-of-the-match Adam McGowan sent them on their way with a third minute touchdown and by the break he had been joined on the score sheet by Chris Sheffield, Chris Kinsey and Martin Hutton, who also tagged on a couple of goals. Ashley Mowatt grabbed Barrow’s only first half points thanks to a fifth minute try, although the visitors hopes were briefly raised when Matt Parkinson converted a Matthew Jefferson try just moments into the second half. However, that only seemed to stir Clock Face back into action and they closed the game out with tries to Peter Edwards and Andy Burns, both of which were improved by Hutton.
WEST OF ENGLAND @SouthWestRL
OXFORD CAVALIERS climbed to the top of the West of England division after thumping BRISTOL SONICS A 60-10 at North Hinksey. Cavaliers laid the platform with a superb first half display to lead 36-0 at the break and though the Sonics pulled two tries back, the home side ran out comfortable winners. Ben Pullen and Paul Vinnicombe were the visitor’s try scorers.
SWINDON ST GEORGE continued their unpredictable season with a 38-28 win over SOMERSET VIKINGS at Greenbridge Road. Going into the game, the Vikings led the table while Swindon were bottom however, such is the nature of the West of England division this year the result was never a foregone conclusion. Swindon held a comfortable 18-4 lead heading towards the break but a try before the interval and two after it from the Vikings gave them a 22-18 advantage. Swindon levelled matters before the Vikings took the lead again but it was St George who finished the stronger with three unanswered tries to take the points. Ben Bridson, Paul Wilmott and Jacob Rakuita each claimed try doubles for the hosts, Ben Moore with their other touchdown. Bridson kicked one goal and James Slatter the other four.
BIRMINGHAM BULLDOGS and their visitors GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS played out a pulsating 36-all draw at Sunnybank Avenue in the Premier Division clash. Once again Bulldogs saw a healthy-looking lead wiped out but defended well enough to share the points. Birmingham took an early lead when centre Matt Dudley crossed for a try but Warriors went ahead for the only time in the match when second rower Joe Toft drove over and stand off Mike Hagan goaled. A slick assist from Danny Bancroft to centre Glen Farnham saw the latter cross to restore Bulldogs’ lead, then two penalties for high tackles set up a position from which second rower Simon Edwards charged over, the try being well converted by stand off Lewis Beatty. The Warriors again went to the home line and a steepling up and under was grabbed in-goal by Sam Goatley who touched down for the try. Back came the Bulldogs, full back Sam Edgar finding a gap in the visitors' defence for a try that Beatty goaled. The scoring for the half was completed when Gloucestershire second rower Dylan Padriguez went over from short range, Goatley goaling to cut the gap to tour points. Playing up the slope and into the wind in the second half, Bulldogs needed a score and got one, with Bancroft once again providing an assist to Farnham for his second try. Edgar then posted his brace, with left-winger Bancroft adding the goal to open up a 16-point gap. Gloucester responded with a well-worked score as full back Alan Wheeler finished off good handling to cross on the right. But the nip and tuck continued as the mercurial Farnham strode over for this hat-trick try to restore Birmingham’s 16-pounst advantage. Warriors still had something to say and a burst of scoring levelled matters in an astonishing revival. Tries came from prop Mike Davies - goaled by Hagan- a second for Goatley and finally a touchdown eight minutes from time by Brandon Walker earned the Warriors a point from a hugely entertaining match at Aston Old Eds.
North outfit WREXHAM BRADLEY RAIDERS, still searching for their first win, faced a formidable DEE VALLEY DRAGONS who were inspired by the impressive Josh Wilson. He claimed six tries in 100-16 success. Performances throughout the Dragons’ side were exemplary, but in the backs in particular. The ball handling skills and the sheer pace on show in darting runs from the Dragons’ backs was superb and unstoppable. Wilson, along with Elgan Jones, majestic and they set the tone from kick off. Wilson broke through after a minute to put his side into the lead and Jones added their second just minutes later. However, the Raiders did hit back through Jamie Morris but that counted for nothing as Dragons went on to score another seven tries before the break. They came in a 15-minute period when the visitors ran riot, Wilson went over for his second in another of his fine breaks, Dylan Jones crossed and Rhydian Jones grabbed two in as many minutes. The Raiders had a good spell of possession for a short while, but whenever they posed a threat, the Dragons stamped it out and held strong as a defensive unit.
That paid dividend as Neil Jones went over in and Rhydian Jones and Josh Wilson claimed further tries to complete their hat tricks, establishing a 52-6 lead at the interval. It got worse for the Raiders but their players stuck in and never gave up, two tries in the second half a reward for that effort, and taking them to their highest points total in a game this year. The first ten minutes saw the Dragons over for four tries, Wilson added his fourth, Dylan and Elgan Jones got their doubles, and Mike Daniels crossed in the corner. Wilson added his fifth but Sam Wright darted over from acting half for the Wrexham-based club in reply, to cap off a fair performance from the full back. Wilson increased the side from Corwens lead, which also rounded off his scoring for the day with his sixth, but he picked up an injury to his right knee with around 15 minutes left and limped off. Daniels added another for Dee Valley and Elgan Jones finished off moves for his third and fourth tries to take his side to the century mark. Raiders had the last say, Chris Blythe showing strong running down the right hand side for their third.
In the South, five tries from wing Danyl Davies helped Valley Cougars to a 48-32 win over Bridgend Blue Bulls at Porthcawl RFC, who had prop Charles Stevenson sent off in the 10th minute. The Cougars were 4-0 up after a Ceri Lloyd try when Stevenson was shown a straight red for punching from referee Ian Jones, and the Nelson-based side took advantage of the extra man straight away - scoring two quick tries from Davies and Jon Sanigar with Daniel Parry adding both goals for a 16-0 lead. But the Bulls battled back well with tries for Dave Upton and Gareth Howells, Howells converting one to cut the deficit to six. Bridgend should have drawn level with Josh Collins, Ken Dowding and Lee Harben-Jones all coming close but in the closing seconds the visitors broke away and Davies sprinted clear for his second – Parry again converting for a 22-10 half time lead. That was increased just a few seconds into the second half when Davies claimed his hat-trick, with Parry again adding the goal. The Blue Bulls then almost pulled off a dramatic comeback, a great play from Gareth Howells and Gethin Davies sending Nathan Hawkins between the posts and then Ken Dowding charged over, Howells added both conversions to make it 22-28. A long run from debutant Gareth Cox and excellent cross-field kick from Hawkins resulted in a score for Lewis Donnelly and the reigning Champions then took the lead when Tylon Mafi broke through four tackles to score and Howells added the kick to make it 32-28 to Bridgend. But the Cougars then rallied, Sanigar and Scott Belmont helped send Jack Morris over in the corner to draw the teams level and they went on to claim three more scores in the final minutes, Chris Beck went over after good play from Rhodri Morris before two more Davies tries secured a fine win for the Cougars to end the Blue Bulls’ astonishing ten-year record of having never lost two consecutive games.
LONDON & SOUTH EAST @LondonRL
LONDON SKOLARS A blasted their way into the Challenge Trophy final with a thumping 72–6 win over GREENWICH ADMIRALS in their semi-final at White Hart Lane. Skolars were well in control by half time leading 30-0 and really cut loose after the interval. Second row James Roche led the 15-try blitz with a hat trick, with six conversions shared equally between Michael Cawthorn and Greg Vickers.
In the Challenge Shield SUSSEX MERLINS had a stunning 40-14 win over SOUTH LONDON STORM. Merlins, who are in a league below their opponents, trailed 10-6 at half time but moved up a gear in the second half.
In the only league fixture in the Southern Premier Division ELMBRIDGE EAGLES had to withstand a second half fight back by EASTERN RHINOS before snatching a 32-30 victory. Down 22-6 at the interval, the Rhinos came storming back to within two points but the Eagles managed to hold on until the final whistle.
In the East region, KINGS LYNN BLACK KNIGHTS were at home to league leaders ST IVES ROOSTERS in what turned out to be an enthralling contest. There were eight tries in the first half, the Knights scoring three with just one converted while the Roosters claimed five plus four conversions, which gave them a 28-14 lead at half time. However the home side took control early in the second half and three converted tries put them 32-28 ahead. The visitors then touched down to set up a grandstand finish with the Roosters taking the spoils with a late converted try to register a 38-32 victory.
HUNSLET WARRIORS completed a league double over city rivals EAST LEEDS with a 34-10 success at The Oval. Joel Henry opened the scoring in the eighth minute and was followed over the line by Mark Stubley and player-coach Amraz Hamid. Danny Morgan – one of the Warriors standout players – was next to get in on the scoring act as he helped himself to a brace and Craig Olivant completed the try scoring. Ryan Clarke landed five conversions for Hunslet, whilst the visitors did at least grab some consolation with late touchdowns from Aaron Manning and Matt Savage. The win – Hunslet’s third in four games – sees them move up to third in the Group 1 table.
Elsewhere YORK LOKOMOTOVE picked up their first point of the season with a hard earned 10-10 draw with STANNINGLEY. In the Premier Division FRYSTON WARRIORS turned on the style with a 60-22 win over CUTSYKE RAIDERS in the rhubarb derby. The Warriors were ruthless in attack and cruised past the half-century mark to completely outclass their Castleford rivals as they sent them to their first defeat of the season.
HOLDERNESS VIKINGS continue to wait for their first points of the campaign after they went down 48-10 at KNOTTINGLEY ROCKWARE, while the biggest win of the day belonged to SLAITHWAITE as the Huddersfield side romped to a huge 84-6 home win over STANLEY RANGERS.