INCE Rose Bridge moved a step closer to relegation from the NCL Premier League when they were narrowly beaten 30-20 away to Thatto Heath.
But things could have been so much different if they had taken the numerous opportunities to score that fell their way in the first half.
Throughout the first half Rose Bridge had territorial advantage for a huge percentage of the half but only managed to score a single try from hooker Martin Greaves.
At the other end of the field Thatto Heath attacked the Rose Bridge line three times and scored on all occasions to give them a 16-6 half time lead.
The second half saw Ince Rose Bridge take their chances with three tries in ten minutes.
Matthew Meaden scored two and Jamie Malone adding a third with Chris Boylan adding the single conversion to give Rose Bridge a 20-16 lead.
Five minutes later the Thatto Heath hooker Jack Jones was held up behind the Rose Bridge try line but somehow managed to ground the ball in controversial circumstances.
The kick to follow gave Thatto Heath a 22-20 lead.
With 20 minutes of the game remaining Rose Bridge gave their all but the side were unable to break the Thatto Heath line of defence.
With only three minutes remaining a loose pass was well picked up by the Thatto Heath winger Adam Walsh who raced the length of the field to assure Thatto Heath victory.
Jack Jones added the conversion.
In the dying seconds Rose Bridge were penalised for reefing the ball and up stepped man of the match Jack Jones who completed the scoring with the two pointer.
Lock Lane slipped to a 32-24 home defeat to fellow title chasers Egremont Rangers.
Peter Murphy (2), Ryan Barnes, Richard Farrer and Kevin Brown were the Cumbrians to cross the whitewash, with John Paul Brocklebank landing four conversions.The home side only managed a first half effort from Andy Matthews which Danny Rowse improved for the first of his four-goal haul, with second half efforts from Matthews, Mike Haywood and Luke Tagg making the score line more respectable.
York Acorn boosted their survival hopes with a 22-14 success at Leigh Miner Rangers.The sides were locked at 10-10 at the break.
But it was the visitors who controlled proceedings in the second half and claimed what could be a vital two points come the end of the campaign.
In Division One Bradford Dudley Hill claimed a second successive win with a 36-6 success overMilom.
The Cumbrians bright spot came with a try from Lee Edmondson which was goaled by Jordan Moyes.
However, it was all one way traffic as the home side crossed for tries from Gareth Ramsden 2, Nathan Kitson 2 , Damian Smith and Anthony Lawton.
FOLLOWING last week’s elation at winning their cup semi final Pat’s came back to earth with a bump in a 29-0 defeat to West Hull.
But St Pat’s did deserve to get some points on the board with Liam Gannon having what looked a good try ruled out by the touch-judge and Phil Glover and Kris Ratcliffe both being held up over the line.
Pat’s started the game well and should probably have scored early in the match but a strong Wests defence coupled with wrong options kept them out,
Wests opened the scoring on 17 minutes after a good handling movement was well finished by winger Josh Hart.
West Hull increased their lead on 24 minutes as full back Brett Turner and loose forward Ryan Morrow combined to put centre Danny Swales over.
And just 5 minutes later Ryan Morrow crossed again to put Wests 12-0 in front but to their credit St Pat’s pulled themselves together and laid siege to the Hull line.
A superb Ryan Smith break laid the platform for a sustained attack which was held up over the line twice, but Wests came back with a sucker punch.
A knock on and a forward pass missed allowed them to make good yardage upfield and lively hooker Kurtis Jackson spotted a gap and darted through to score.
Scott Spaven added the conversion for an 18-0 lead in West Hull’s favour at the break.
Pat’s again started the half in lively fashion with Liam Gannon having what looked a good try ruled out with wrong options and some scrambling defence from Wests again keeping their line intact.
On 56 minutes, with Pat’s striving to get back into the game Spaven landed a drop goal to push Wests lead to 19-0,
West Hull made the game safe with a try on 70 minutes with a speculative kick bouncing like a pinball off several legs before winger Ash Rout dropped on the ball to score.
And in the dying seconds of the game Wests full back Brett Turner scored a good individual try with Scott Spavens conversion to end the scoring,
Pat’s were well served by Ryan Smith, Kris Ratcliffe and Jonny Brown.
St Pat’s next game is away at Thatto Heath on Tuesday August 27.
They are now five points adrift of the top spot which is occupied by St Helens side, Thatto Heath and they are one point above Leigh Miners.
NCL DIVISION ONE
ST Jude’s maintained their push for Premier Division rugby next season with a well deserved 22-16 away victory over promotion hopefuls Oulton Raiders.
It was a game that Jude’s dominated throughout and after only 10 minutes fast hands from a scrum in the home 20 got Scott Robinson over in the corner.
Jude’s then bombed two good chances losing the ball over the line but on the half hour Dean Hunt put Tommy Parkinson through a gap and man of the match fullback Nathan Jones was in support to cross.
Just before half time came a great break up the left flank when Hunt got Stephen King away.
Good passing between King, Barry Rothwell and Luke Belshaw resulted in Belshaw diving over and Gareth Thomas converted to make it 16- 0 at the break.
Oulton tried to get back in the game in the second stanza well led by their captain Danny Stanley.
It was he who slipped a nice pass out in the tackle to put a supporting player under the posts for a converted try.
Back came Jude’s and from a midfield break from Tommy Parkinson the ball passed between three or four supporting players and it was Stephen King who finished it off.
A string of penalties kept Oulton in the game and after three sets on the Jude’s line they eventually got over for a converted score.
In the last minute the home side caught the visitors napping when from another penalty they tapped it quickly and crossed.
The conversion rounded off the scoring and St Jude’s still top the division.
ST Cuthbert’s faced a difficult task in their National Conference Division Three contest against high flying Kells from Cumbria.
Despite a brave effort they went down 26-10.
Surprisingly, St Cuthbert’s had the better of the first half after opening the scoring in only the fourth minute of the game with an opportunist try from wingman Andy Moyles.
But in the second half Kells took every advantage with their astute tactical kicking pinning St Cuthbert’s back in their own half for long periods. Kells scored two early second-half tries in the 47th and 52 minutes through Boyd and Benson before adding two more.