Hemel Stags 6-66 Wakefield Wildcats
Smith inspires as Wildcats beat Stags
Lee Smith chalked up 26 points as five-times Challenge Cup winners Wakefield marched into round five of this year's competition with a convincing 66-6 victory over Championship 1 newcomers Hemel Stags.
Smith, new signing Jon Molloy and Liam Kay each grabbed two tries, while five other players touched down for the Super League side.
Aaron Small claimed a spectacular breakaway try for Hemel, who are still in the infancy of their semi-professional existence but made life difficult at times for their more illustrious opponents.
Trinity were without both of their first-choice halves and rested most of their backs, using the tie to blood three debutants: Molloy, signed from Huddersfield in midweek, and teenagers Ben Shulver and Dan Maskill, who have come through their academy.
The Stags started brightly and held their own for 10 minutes until Kay, with just one previous first-team appearance under his belt, broke through the middle from halfway and sent Molloy over for his maiden try for the Wildcats.
Stand-in kicker Smith, who went on to land nine goals from nine attempts, converted.
Matty Wildie crossed from dummy half shortly afterwards, then Justin Poore ran on to a Wildie pass to go in beside the posts and, had it not been for a glut of handling errors, the home team would probably have been further ahead by that point.
The biggest cheer of the half went up when an errant Smith pass was juggled into the grasp of Small, who raced 60 metres to score for the Hertfordshire club, with Mike Bishay, who had dropped their last-gasp winning drop goal against Gateshead the week before, converting.
Normal service was resumed on the half hour when Frankie Mariano strode powerfully through the visitors' back line, thumping fullback Mike Forgham out of the way en-route to try number four for Wakefield.
But the plucky part-timers repelled any further advances and, following their first penalty, even pressed Wakefield's line for a spell, going in at the break 24-6 in arrears.
The second half began with a thunderous hit from Shulver which left clattered Bishay to the ground and left the diminutive halfback dazed for several minutes.Smith set the scoreboard in motion again by scrambling over after Mariano had diverted the attention of four tacklers.
Hemel defended three straight sets on their line before Kay capitalised on an overlap to claim his first Wildcats try just before the hour.
Molloy, Smith and Kay claimed their second tries, Kyle Trout joined the scorers with a fine solo effort and Shulver notched a debut try as Trinity hit five more tries in nine minutes against the now visibly tiring Stags.