National Conference League

Anthony Atherton
Anthony Atherton

WIGAN St Patrick’s ran out 14-4 winners in a dour battle with Premier Division relegation candidates Skirlaugh.

St Pat’s took the initiative in the fifth minute when right wing Anthony Atherton scored the only try of the half.

In the 54th minute, a Skirlaugh kick rebounded off a St Pat’s player to catch the Humbersiders off balance, and second row Tom Atherton won the race to touch down. Dean Hatton converted.

Only three minutes later, Skirlaugh centre Mike Johnson found a rare chink in the home team’s armour to score their try.

The conversion was missed, which left the visitors still needing two scores to make up the deficit.

A penalty goal on the hour by Smith gave St Pat’s an extra cushion.

But there was no reduction in tension, not least because of an unusually generous allowance of injury time by referee Marklove.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Ince Rose Bridge travelled to York Acorn and were on the receiving end of a 38-10 defeat.

The higher placed visitors were 10 points adrift at the break, trailing 16-6 with a try from Richie Shaw.

His try levelled the scores afte 15 minutes but York took control and corssed twice more before the break.

Joe Porter scored twice after the break for Acorn to put real distance between the two sides. David Hoctor was sent off for Rose Bride for abusive language and York cotninued their scoring.

With a minute left, Kenny Baker crossed for a consolation try for Ince.

Christian Taylor was the torn in Hindley’s side as he scored four times for Woolston Rovers against Hindley.

Wayne Crank scored a try and two goals for Hindley with Chris Scarborough also scoring but it wasn’t enough to match Taylor’s scoring along as the Wigan outfit went down 48-12.

Rovers, who were 20-12 ahead at the interval, also posted a Mike Stout brace and a try and six goals by Daniel O’Brien .

Hindley fought hard but they struggled to break down Woolston who sit in third place.

The home side scored two more in the second half through Scott Davidson and Chris Mellor. The result leaves Hindley seventh in the table.

In National Conference Division Three Wigan St Cuthbert’s made the journey to Warrington to play fellow league strugglers Crosfields where they were beaten by 42-22.

In a closely fought first half, St Cuthbert’s kept in touch with their opponents after conceding a try in the 15th minute.

Prop forward Matty Lowe forced his way over for the Wigan side.

Other scores from Cuths came from Earl Hurst, Jack Fishwick and Ryan Ashall.


ST Jude’s unbeaten league run came to an end at Dudley Hill, where they went down 34-10 Both sides scored in the opening stages, Nathan Jones crossing for Jude’s.

It was all Dudley Hill for the next 20 minutes as they made it 16-4 at the break.

The first 25 minutes of the second half remained scoreless as both teams squandered chances but it was Dudley Hill who first completed to cross in the corner Jude’s then hit back with a great try when Paul Pendlebury broke up the right flank and switched the ball back inside for Darryl King to cross and convert his own try.

The hosts then broke away up field and scored a converted try to stretch their lead and as the Jude’s defence was tiring rounded off the scoring with long range effort in the last minute to make it look an easy win but it was far from that.

Meanwhile, Wigan St Jude’s A entertained Latchford in the North West Mens Division One, scoring a drop goal to win 19-18.

St Jude’s had a blistering start to the game with tries from Nathan Moore, Dave Picton and Phil Lyon giving them an 18-0 lead. Latchford levelled before Picton got the one-pointer.


ASHTON Bears made it three wins from three in the NW mens Premier Division. with a 26-10 victory over Haresfinch.

Andy Ball scored two tries and three kicks.

Shevington Sharks are second bottom though, going down 24-10 at home to fellow strugglers Haresfinch.

In Division One, it was derby day for the a-teams of Leigh East and Leigh Miners Rangers.

It was a pretty one sided affair though with East winning 58-14.

League leaders Spring View also racked up more than 50 points, beating bottom side Leyland Warriors 54-18.

In Division Three, Wigan St Cuthbert’s matched View’s points total but their defence kept a clean sheet as they won 54-0.

Division Four has two Wigan sides leading the way at the top of the table.

Wigan Bulldogs stay top with a 64-6 thumping of Westhoughton Lions, while Orrell St James won Latchford Albion A.

Ashton’s a-team didn’t have the same taste of victory as the first team.

They went down 18-0 on their travels away at Widnes Tigers who now overtake them in the league table as a result.

The Bears lie in eight position in the North West Mens fourth division.