Prior shines as Wigan St Patrick’s cruise to big win

Wigan St Patrick's
Wigan St Patrick's

SCRUM half Joe Prior had an outstanding first half, and he broke two tackles to score a solo try in only the third minute in St Pat’s 54-12 win over Wath Brow.

Equally outstanding in the NAtional Conference Premier Division match was goalkicker Dan Birkett, who landed an awkward conversion against a strong wind and went on to complete a faultless tally of nine conversions out of nine.

In the sixth and 15th minutes Liam Gannon finished well from Prior’s creative passing. A well-timed pass by Jon Brown sent Simon Atherton over.

With four minutes of the half remaining, Gannon completed his hat-trick off a move initiated by Prior and a final pass from Simon Atherton. Birkett’s conversion made the half-time score 30-0.

Tries by Jamie Winstanley, Jon Brown andMike Scrvens put them in control.

St Pats took a back seat for 10 minutes while Wath Brow’s Karl Dixon scored two tries. But Marlon Alker went solo from acting half back.

St Pats – second in the Premier Division table behind Hull Dockers – host Thatto Heath on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

The fixture will be the culmination of a special day, when the Royal Marines make their annual visit in memory of Steven Darbyshire, Liam Elms, Stephen Curley and Ian Molyneux, who were killed in action.

A St Pat’s XIII will face the Royal Marines, kick-off noon.

Ince Rose Bridge crashed to their first defeat of the season, going down 30-24 to Skirlaugh.

Ince had led through a try and four goals for Kenny Baker, as well as touchdowns by Kieran Eccleston, Ryan Eccleston and Robbie Valentine.

Ince are second in the table behind Kells, both with 10 points. They host Elland on Saturday.

Wigan St Jude’s collapsed to go down 46-16 to Normanton Knights.

Judes posted tries for Tom Owen, Nathan Jones and Adam Lavin, two of which Phil Lyon improved. The loss leaves Judes bottom of NCL Division One with six losses from all their games. They host Kells this Saturday.