Leigh Miners Rangers strike gold with Challenge Cup win

Leigh Miners in action during their Challenge Cup win last weekend. Photo: Brian King
Leigh Miners in action during their Challenge Cup win last weekend. Photo: Brian King

LEIGH Miners Rangers edged National Conference League Champions West Hull 32-28 in the third round of the Challenge Cup, in a dramatic contest which looked like finishing a draw.

Miners winger Bud Skinkis claimed two tries, including the match winner in the closing seconds, in a stand-out performance. The Miners go on to face Oxford in the next round.

The Kingstone Press National Conference League Division One kicked-off last weekend, and after all the hard work and pre-season training the new season finally kicked-off, but it was on a sour note for Wigan St Jude’s.

The Wigan side’s return to Division One of the National Conference League did not go to plan as a rampant York Acorn side came out easy winners 62-22.

The first half was St Jude’s best, giving as good as they got.

Forwards Tom Owen, Danny Clayton , Olly Oladelle and Brett Taberner were always eager to work.

York’s big forwards were always a threat and wave after wave of attacks were always going to take its toll later in the game.

Full-back Nathan Jones worked hard in all departments and got stronger as the game went on.

Man-of-the-match Nathan Bevan had a stormer of a game, always probing and looking for the gaps.

Dean Hunt had moments of class and set up two tries for his forwards which kept Jude’s in the game.

But the second half is best forgotten with missed tackles a plenty and heads starting to drop with everything from York coming off.

Pointscorers for St Jude’s were Brett Taberner with two tries, Nathan Jones and Nathan Bevan with a try each and Dean Hunt scored two goals with John Darbyshire adding another.

Next Saturday St Jude’s face Pilkington at home with a 2.30pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, Ince Rose Bridge kicked-off their National Conference League Division One campaign with an 18-4 win over Myton Warriors at their Pinfold Street ground.

Bridge scored four tries, with Mitch Parr and Robbie Valentine sharing two scores each.

Kenny Barker also tagged on a goal.

And Wigan Bulldogs eased through the preliminary round of the North West Men’s Trophy with a 46-0 win over Accrington Panthers.

Hindley crashed out of the Shield, losing 48-0 to Widnes St Maries.