Pats keep run going to reach cup semis

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ST Patrick’s made it to the semi-final of the National Conference League Challenge Cup with a clear-cut 40-7 quarter final victory over Dudley Hill, who lie mid-table in Division One.

The reward is a semi-final trip on August 10 to Wath Brow (Cumbria) who are second in the Premier Division and they don’t come much tougher than that.

St Pat’s were almost off the mark in the first minute when winger Brad Hargreaves ran through the opposition ranks over 80 yards but failed to touch down when it came to the easy bit.

They had another couple of near misses before Liam Gannon got them off the mark in the 17th minute.

He sliced through on the end of a passing movement with an extra man still outside him.

Nine minutes later Lyndon Robertson broke the line and found scorer Ryan Smith in support. Brad Smith converted.

Brad Hargreaves made up for his earlier miss with a majestic run from an overlap in his own half.

He dummied to pass inside but instead rounded the last defender on the outside and got to touch down by the posts. Anthony Griffiths goaled.

A couple of minutes before half time the Bradford side managed its only try when St Pat’s were wrong-footed as a Dudley Hill pass went to ground and Josh Chamberlain recovered the ball and crossed unopposed Simon Sewell converted.

Any thoughts of a come-back by the visitors were quashed in the 50th minute when Gannon stormed over following a good break by Lyndon Robertson.

Anthony Griffiths added the goal points.

In the 65th minute Ryan Smith went for a gap and mesmerised the visiting defensive line for a touchdown and three minutes later completed his hat-trick following a break by Liam Gannon. Brad Smith converted the latter.

With 10 minutes to go it was Gannon’s turn to complete a hat-trick off a break by Lyndon Robertson.

A couple of minutes before the final whistle full back Jayden Sanford supplied the icing on the cake when he drew clear from 60 yards on the end of some smart passing to tie up the scoring.

It is back to the league on Saturday with a trip to Siddal (Halifax).

The kick-off is at 1.30 pm on this occasion to accommodate a charitable event.

Leigh Miners Rangers also won their quarter final against Shaw Cross Sharks.

Martin Gray, Scott O’Brien and Adam Thomason crossed in the 16-10 victory.

The holders were made to work for their win over the opponents two divisions below them.


WIGAN St Jude’s A team entertained a very big Chorley team in a league game and St Judes played one of their best performances of the season so far to win the game 28- 6.

The St Jude’s defence was the key to this game.

Josh Rogerson scored after 32 minutes from 40 metres out to open the scoring.

From the kick off, 
Rogerson was put through on halfway for him to scamper 50 metres this time to score Darryl King converted to make the half-time score 12-0.

After the break St Jude’s laid a platform for the halfbacks to play open rugby and again Rogerson broke the defence and two tackles to pass to the supporting Glen Hunt who scored out wide.

After Chiorley opened their account after St Jude’s seemed to relax, Andrew Silcock barged his way over Kieran Cunningham style to make the score 20 - 6.

St Jude’s were now in total control of the game and dominating the opposition.

St Jude’s struck from 40 metres out with Darryl King starting and finishing the move.

Right on full time a chip over from Phil Lyon was collected by Darran Greenall who scored out wide and gave St Jude’s a 22-point advantage.


ASHTON Bears under-11s travelled the short distance to Westhoughton for a challenging fixture against a strong Lions team.

Despite the task ahead of them, a commanding display saw the Bears come out 30-14 on top.

Every player was proud to pull on the Ashton shirt as they worked hard as a team, showing great rugby skills and most importantly great camaraderie.

Ashton scores came from Kieran Chesworth,Aaron Pimblett 2 and Matthew Ireland 2.

Ince Rose Bridge under-8s defeated Golborne 36-4. Bridge tries came from Logan Raughter 3, Clayton McPherson 2, Roman Shirks, Billy Parkinson, Jack Leach and Kyle Leach.

St Pat’s under-15s won in the Lancashire Cup with a 56-8 win over Blackpool.

Ollie Grundy, Rob Traynor, Jack Sharratt and Joe Woolley scored two tries each and Jack Rimmington and Stephen Baynham also scored a try each.

Danny Makin kicked 8 conversations and man of the match went to Jake McLaughlin.