St Jude’s unable to smash through Pilkington Recs

St Jude's try to find a way through against Pilkington Recs. Photo: Brian King
St Jude's try to find a way through against Pilkington Recs. Photo: Brian King

ST Jude’s were left still searching for their first win of the season following an 18-0 defeat to Pilkignton Recs of St Helens in National Conference Division One.

Mark Aston, Danny Halsall, with two, and Mark Briody shared the tries as St Jude’s slipped down the table.

The result leaves St Jude’s bottom of Division One on points difference but five clubs are still looking for their first win of the season.

Next weekend, St Jude’s face a trip to Shaw Cross Sharks who went down 18-6 to Elland last weekend.

In the Premier Division, Leigh Miners Rangers clawed their way back to win 24-22 after Wigan St Pat’s ran up a shock 14-0 lead in the opening nine minutes.

While they only got in front for the first time with five minutes left on the clock, they scored more tries.

Their goal kicker Jon Youds was off form, while Dan Birkett was on target for St Pat’s.

Marlon Alker opened the scoring in the third minute when he crossed from acting half back and right from the kick-off Jayden Sandford scored a remarkable 70-yard solo try, veering in and out to deceive the opposing defence. Dan Birkett converted both and added a penalty goal.

Miners began their recovery only two minutes later with a sweeping move to the right and a touchdown by Adam Thomasson. On 35 minutes Harry Gagen scored a very similar try, and this time Youds converted from the touchline.

St Pat’s re-asserted themselves on the stroke of half time. Liam Gannon was pulled up inches short, but seconds later Declan McLoughlin touched down a smart kick by Joe Prior. Birkett’s conversion put St Pat’s 20-10 ahead at the break.

Miners were quick to respond in the second period when Mick O’Boyle forced his way over for a try converted by Youds.

In the 65th minute Birkett widened the gap to a converted try.

On 70 minutes Tommy Parkinson scored to reduce the margin to two points, and four minutes later Thomasson scored the winner for MR, who are in Challenge Cup action against Oxford this weekend.

St Pat’s entertain Hull Dockers on Saturday, 2.30 pm.

l In Division One Ince Rose Bridge defeated Saddleworth Rangers 30-18 thanks to a strong first half display and a good performance from Ince prop Kenny Baker.

Baker scored two tries in the first half which he converted himself while also converting Ryan Eccleston’s try five minutes before the interval and kicking a penalty.

A late Mitchell Parr try kept Bridge in front after Rangers fought back.

Rose Bridge face Pilkington Recs at home this weekend.