St Pats nipped in the Budd
A field goal four minutes from time by full back Joe Budd gave YORK ACORN a thrilling 21-20 win at WIGAN ST PATRICKS.
The York-outfit found themselves 10 points down to their fellow Premier Division strugglers but staged a tremendous fight back to take the spoils and increase the pressure on the Wigan side.
It had all looked very different as the hour mark approached with St Pats 20-10 ahead and Acorn seemingly destined not to beat their travelling hoodoo which has seen them lose on all five away games this campaign.
The home side had assumed control with three tries in a blistering 11-minute period straddling the break in which centre Steve Bennett, winger Danny Mason and second rower Brett Whitehead crossed, full back Ian Schofield converting one score to overturn a 10-6 deficit.
But Acorn hit back when centre Kyle Palmer swept over in the 60th minute and they drew level just nine minutes later when the outstanding Matt Withers – who had crossed twice in the first half – scampered over for his hat-trick score, setting the scene for Budd’s match-winner.
Pats, with hooker Gary Phillips superb, had posted an earlier score by centre Mike Priest in the first half, although the contest was marred by a serious looking leg injury to home prop Pete Fairhurst, causing a 30-minute hold up in play.
BRADFORD DUDLEY HILL helped themselves to two points in the relegation dogfight with a compelling 28-10 success over WATH BROW HORNETS.
The Hornets – who have hopes for a play off finish – arrived in West Yorkshire on the back of three straight wins and were firmly in contention as the second half started with the hosts just 8-4 ahead, however, two tries in three minutes proved to the turning point.
Full back Danny Thomas claimed the first as he scampered over in the 53rd minute and Wath Brow were dealt the real hammer blow moment’s later when second rower Stephen Brook charged over.
The Cumbrians, to their credit, responded when Neil Stewart crossed following good work from hooker Ryan Robb, but Hill had the last word when Nathan Kitson bustled over and Tony Williams kicked his fourth goal of the afternoon.
Wingers Neil Wall and Craig Tyman had crossed for the hosts in the opening period, whilst Wath Brow responded in between times through the pacy Peter Caddy.
HULL DOCKERS ended a three-game losing streak with a 20-16 win over LEIGH MINERS RANGERS.
Miners travelled to Hull looking to get back to winning ways after last weeks shock defeat against Saddleworth, but were slow to get off the mark and eventually paid the price when Paul Taylor and Danny Ulyatt crossed the whitewash in the 10th and 13th minutes.
A penalty from influential stand off Chris Stephenson was the only other points of the first period and the hosts returned to the changing rooms 12-0 up at the break.
After an interval blast from coach Winston Sarsfield Leigh returned to the field with renewed vigour and came roaring back into the contest as Tom Bradbury and Martin Lewis touched down to cut the gap.
Stung into action Dockers responded with a try from scrum half Karl Smirk on the hour and then boot of Stephenson did the rest as he added the extras and booted a penalty for good measure to clinch an important two points.
LEIGH EAST produced a work-man-like performance to send WEST HULL to their third defeat on the bounce by 20-6.
The visitors opened the scoring with a Mark Hewitt penalty and it stayed that way until the half hour mark when Leigh’s Gary Middlehurst forced his way over the whitewash.
Scrum half Adam Holland added the extras and then just four minutes later helped himself to a try that opened up a 10-2 interval lead.
An effort from Danny Kilshaw increased the home side’s advantage on 54 minutes and despite hitting back with a try from the impressive Sam Radford, it was not going to be Wests day.
With the game entering the final 10 minutes winger Andrew Groves raced over re-establish the 12-point lead for the hosts and there was no way back when a Holland penalty sailed between the uprights to complete the scoring.
SIDDAL returned to winning ways with a 30-20 success over EAST HULL.
The home side made a great start to the contest when winger Steve Hope dived in after just six minutes, but East’s hit back through scrum half Scott Partis just seven minutes later and only trailed 10-6 by the break after the boot of Gareth Blackburn had given Siddal the edge.
Just five minutes had gone in the second half before matters were levelled when centre Chris Lythe strode in, but Siddal showed their quality and hit back when Lee Gudor sent John Birt over.
Full back Chris Brooke was the next player to score as he supported a break by home prop Gareth English and Siddal really started to take control when Scott Caley pounced on a Gudor kick to ground the ball and earn his side another four pointer.
Battling Easts underlined their commitment with two tries in the final minutes through Ian Madley and Dale Blakeley but it was too little too late.
SKIRLAUGH ended a miserable six-match losing streak in dramatic fashion by demolishing WIGAN ST JUDES 40-0.
Just three minutes had gone when scrum half Ian Kerman slipped over for the afternoon’s first points and by half time Steve Cochran and Matty Danville had also crossed the line to open up an 18-0 lead.
The game was put to bed early in the second half when Danville went over again and just five minutes later Kerman touched down for try number five.
Two tries in the final nine minutes put the icing on the cake for the hosts as winger Mike Johnson finished off a great move and Cochran capped a fine display with his second.
Kerman completed the scoring with his sixth goal which gave him a 20-point haul, whilst St Judes will look to improve next week, despite great efforts from centre Gavin Corfield and half backs Dean Hunt and Daryl King.
THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS remain on top spot but were made to work hard by SADDLEWORTH RANGERS before coming through 30-24.
Tries from the hosts Dave Hull, Chris Frodsham and a brace from Darren Woods opened up a commanding 20-0 lead by half time, but two quick-fire tries from Grant Bithell and Danny Adams within the first six minutes of the second period had the game back in the balance.
Jolted back into action, Thatto hit back with a try from Keiron Maddocks but brave Saddleworth were far from finished and responded with tries in the 71st and 75th minutes by Adams and winger Marlon Miller.
The influential Mick Coates converted both efforts to take his goal tally to four, but Thatto held out in a nervous last few minutes.
Premier Division Results
Saturday 30 October
Bradford Dudley Hill 28 v 10 Wath Brow Hornets
Hull Dockers 20 v 16 Leigh Miners Rangers
Leigh East 20 v 6 West Hull
Siddal 30 v 20 East Hull
Skirlaugh 40 v 0 Wigan St Judes
Thatto Heath Crusaders 30 v 24 Saddleworth Rangers
Wigan St Patricks 20 v 21 York Acorn
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