INCE Rose Bridge picked up a valuable two points in their bid to avoid relegation when they defeated Lock Lane 26-24 in a very competitive match.
With only three minutes on the clock, Lock Lane took the lead when quick hands out wide found winger Mike Hayward who touched down near to the corner flag.
From the touch line Danny Rowse added the conversion.
Seven minutes later Rose Bridge were on the score sheet.
From a quick tap penalty the ball went to Kieran Eccleston who gave a perfect pass to centre Jamie Malone who scored from five metres out.
On 20 minutes Rose Bridge edged in front when a deep kick into the Lock Lane half of the pitch from Kieran Eccleston bounced favourably for Jamie Malone who picked up the loose ball and raced 20 metres to score at the base of the posts.
Martin Packingham made it 10-6 with the conversion.
Eight minutes later Rose Bridge increased their lead to 14-6 when second rower Michael Haughton acting half back spotted a gap in the Lock Lane defence.
He fully exploited it to score out wide.
Nine minutes into the second half Lock Lane closed the gap with a try for full back Adam Garlick who rounded the Rose Bridge full back to score under the posts, giving Danny Rowse the easiest of conversions.
On 57 minutes Lock Lane regained their lead when poor tackling enabled the Lock Lane loose forward Chris Siddons to score from two metres out.
Danny Rowse gave Lock Lane an 18-14 advantage from the boot.
Six minutes later the Rose Bridge half back Tony Baker broke the Lock Lane line of defence and with only the full back to beat he slipped the ball inside to Jamie Malone to complete his Hatrick.
Rose Bridge edged in front again when Robbie Valentine kicked the difficult conversion attempt.
With only six minutes of the game remaining Rose Bridge went further ahead when Kieran Malone was held up two metres from the Lock Lane try line he somehow managed to slip the ball to centre Chris Boylan to score 20 metres wide of the posts.
Robbie Valentine added the conversion to give Rose Bridge an eight point cushion.
With only three minutes remaining a lack of concentration in the Rose Bridge defence allowed hooker Craig Duncan to score from short range. Danny Rowse added the extras.
However, Rose Bridge managed to hang on to their slender two point lead.
Rose Bridge continue their survival campaign next week when they host 11th-palced York Acorn.
A win for the Bridge could see them climb as high as 12th in the league as York and Myton Warriors are level.
WIGAN St Patrick’s were blown away 56-4 by sixth-placed Siddal as they failed to extend their lead at the top of the National Conference League Premier Division.
In a busy encounter, four men were sent to the sin bin and St Pat’s Anthony Griffiths was shown red as tempers flared.
St Pat’s were still in the game at 16-4 down at half-time, but they couldn’t add to Brad Hargreaves’ 29th-minute try.
Siddal cut loose in the second half with tries from two from Steven Hope, Craig Sanderson, Nick Smith and Dominic Horner.
In the final ten minutes of the game, the home side crossed for three further tries from Emmerson Newburn, a second from Horner and Shaun Garrod.
Siddal are now back in the play off positions while St Pat’s still sit top.
However, Wath Brow Hornets have a game in hand and are only a point behind which means they have the chance to leapfrog the Wigan outfit.
St Pat’s are away to bottom club Skirlaugh next weekend and will be expected to quickly return to winning ways as they seek a finish in top spot.
NCL DIVISION ONE
ST Jude’s entertained a tough tackling Saddleworth team and ran out comfortable winners.
The first visit Jude’s made into their opponents’ 20 saw Paul Pendlebury cross wide out.
Every time Judes got the ball wide they caused problems and good handling created another try for Pendlebury then further pressure resulted in Dave Carney floating a long pass out and winger Danny Holmes scored in the corner.
The second half was much the same trend as Jude’s expansive rugby led by fullback Nathan Jones had Saddleworth on the rack, Danny Holmes was put away down the left flank by Stephen King then Danny Holmes showed his football skills as he dribbled the ball over the line to score.
Dean Hunt took the ball up to the line and popped up a perfect delayed pass to the ever busy Tommy Parkinson to go round the posts
Dean Hunt again took on the line and this time prop Martin Riley was on hand to take the delayed pass and finish .
The last try of the game was scored by Scott Robinson who pounced on a loose ball.
On the final whistle Jude’s were awarded a penalty under and King duly obliged.
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NCL DIVISION THREE
ST Cuthbert’s made the long distance trip to the North-East to play Peterlee Pumas in their National Conference Division 3 fixture and came away with a hard earned 32 -12 win.
The return to the side of centre and leading try scorer, Earl Hurst, strengthened St Cuthbert’s attacking options and he didn’t disappoint by opening the scoring in the 10th minute of the game.
St Cuthbert’s certainly had the better of the first half and after 20 minutes, stand-in hooker, David Baggerley added their second try as he caught the Peterlee defence napping from acting half-back.
In the 25th minute, from another flowing passage of play, centre Andy White finished off a crossfield passing movement in the corner. Cottrill’s conversion gave the visitors a comfortable 14-0 lead.
In the second half however, St Cuthbert’s failed to capitalise on their first 40 minute performance as they surrendered possession through careless errors and failure to respect possession.
Fortunately, in the 53rd minute, centre Earl Hurst added a typical trade-mark solo try as he raced through the Peterlee defence on a 40 yard dash to the line.
But they failed to close out the game and it was the home side who responded the better as they scored two converted tries in the 56th and 72nd minutes.
A serious injury to stand-off David Walls further disrupted the St Cuthbert’s side but they managed to re-group and deep into injury time, they managed to add two further tries of the own.
First, full- back Mike Scrivens sent loose-foward Jacob Clarke through a gap in the Peterlee defence for a try before wingman Andy Moyle finished off St Cuthbert’s best attacking move of the game from a Molloy and White combined break from the half- way line.