ST PAT’S progressed to the quarter-finals of the Conference Challenge Trophy with a hard-fought victory over Hunslet Warriors.
Defences played a central role in the second half in the 26-12 St Pat’s victory.
St Pat’s broke the deadlock with a superb 50-metre break from Keiran Harrison in the ninth minute which was taken on by Anthony Griffiths.
This set up position for Jayden Sandford and Ryan Baxter to put Brad Hargreaves in for the opening try,
Pat’s struck again straight from the kick off with Anthony Gallear taking the ball forward before Bradley Smith made a 40-metre break and handed on to Keiran Harrison who put Anthony Atherton in for a good try.
Hunslet did not lie down and second row Caldon Bravo made a good break to put Gary McClelland in for a try which he also converted to make the score 8-6 after quarter of an hour,
The away side were then unfortunate to have a long distance try ruled out and Pat’s rubbed salt into the wound by scoring shortly after.
A superb short ball from Ryan Baxter put Phil Glover in for the try and Brad Smith’s conversion putting Pats opened up an eight-point advantage after 25 minutes,
Just six minutes later Pat’s were in again. With Hunslet attacking the Pats line, a long pass was intercepted by Atherton who galloped 70-metres before handing on to Anthony Griffiths to finish off the move.
Hunslet moved upfield on the back of consecutive penalties, allowing Richard Wheelhouse to score a well earned try in first half stoppage time,
The second half was low scoring until stoppage time when Dean Hatton dove in from acting half.
He converted his own try to add the final score in the victory.
Leigh Miners Rangers also progressed with a 36-24 victory over Rochadale Mayfield.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE
WIGAN St Jude’s stayed top of NCL Division One with a superb team performance.
The 42- 14 victory over mid table Dewsbury Celtic at Parsons Meadow was Jude’s tenth of the season.
St Jude’s hit the front with a fifth-minute Darryl King try and it got better when Scott Robinson crossed for a try which he converted.
Celtic hit back with a Tony Donford try after 20 minutes.
Danny Clayton followed with a try before Robinson completed his hat-trick before half time with two tries in three minutes.
At the start of the 2nd half Paul Pendlebury got on the score sheet to put St Jude’s well in control.
The was lead further with a try from Dean Hunt.
Dewsbury Celtic hit back with two tries but Jude’s finished as they started with a Nathan Jones try to round-off the scoring.
Wigan St Jude’s A team travelled to St Helens to take on Thatto Heath and narrowly lost a game they could have won.
St Jude’s own mistakes contributed to a late Thatto Heath rally in the 32-24 defeat.
The opening score came after a tight opening when the home side scored under the posts after 15 minutes.
In the next set after the kick off, St Jude’s forced the mistake from Thatto Heath they were looking for and three tackles later Luke Belshaw chased his own kick to score with Dave Picton converting to level the scores.
But Thatto Heath regained the lead with a try out wide.
A great Dave Picton one on one ball steal set up a chance for St Jude’s and two tackles later a long pass from Glen Hunt to Danny Gregory made a break before an inside pass to Mike Arrowsmith resulted in a try.
From the kick off St Jude’s made good progress and Picton burst through two defenders to pass to Luke Belshaw who provided Alex Pilling with a four pointer.
Thatto Heath scored with half time looming but right on the whistle Mark Whittaker made a break and good support from Danny Gregory led to a Danny Ryder try.
Picton’s conversion gave St Jude’s a four point lead.
Again it was stalemate for 10 minutes after the break, then Mike Roberts beat three defenders to score.
Thatto Heath then scored 16 unanswered points to snatch the win.
INCE Rose Bridge gave their all away to Hull Dockers only to lose 22-10.
The Dockers went in front in the eighth minute against the run of play.
On the last tackle, scrum half Craig Skelton found his centre Danny Kelso to score.
The home side increased their lead 20 minutes later when a long pass found winger Dave Palmer and he touched down in the corner.
Skelton made it 12-0 with the difficult touchline conversion.
With three minutes of the half remaining Rose Bridge were penalised for holding down in the tackle.
From the quick tap Skelton evaded two attempted tackles to score out wide, giving the Hull side a healthy 16-0 half time lead.
With quarter of an hour played in the second half Hull managed to further their lead to give Rose Bridge even more of an uphill struggle to fight back.
In Hull’s first attack of the half Kallum Burch scored.
After 68 minutes and long periods of pressure Rose Bridge finally scored.
Quick hands along the line of attack found man of the match David Hoctor and he carried two defenders over the try line to score in the corner.
Four minutes later Rose Bridge scored the last try when a Kenny Baker kick was pounced on by hooker Ben Tootill on 74 minutes.
NW COUNTIES RESULTS
Division One: Spring View 38 Ulverston 24; Leigh East A 32 Bold Miners28.
Division Two: St Patrick’s A 36 St Helens Wild Boars 46
Division Three: St Cuthbert’s A 0 West Bank 24; Orrell St James 42 Westhougthon 2; Wigan Bulldogs 38 Bolton Mets 6; Hindley A 0 Fitton Hill 24; Widnes Tigers 36 New Springs Lions 22
NCL DIVISION THREE
IN National Conference Division Three Wigan St.Cuthbert’s went down to Crosfields.
The 32-10 defeat provided few highlights for the home team.
St Cuthbert’s were 18 - 0 down after 25 minutes but fought back with two tries from outstanding centre Earl Hurst.
His second was a spectacular effort as he raced 60 yards up the touchline beating half a dozen players right on half-time.
In the second half St Cuthbert’s pressed hard to close the gap but were unable to turn pressure into points.
The loss of Hurst through injury on the hour mark ended any hopes they might rescue the game and Crosfields added three second half tries.
Also in Division Three, Hindley went down to Woolston Rovers at St Peter’s Pavilion.
The 26-18 defeat was Hindley’s fifth in a row and leaves them ninth in the table.
Kieran Whittle bagged a brace in the opening 15 minutes to put Hindley 10-0 in front and led after half time when Carl Burgess scored.
But Paul Alcock and Scott Davidson ensured the away side took the points after they came back from behind for a second time after Daniel Ross Heaton’s score had put them in front after half time.
Davidson scored in the first half and Sean Conway levelled for Woolston before Hindley took the lead with a Steve Sutcliffe penalty.
Ashton Bears A bounced back from their recent setback at Widnes Tigers with a resounding win over Mancunians RL.
A scrappy first quarter saw the Bears squander a couple of half chances but they quickly settled.
Once they started completing sets the scores began to come in the 66-4 victory.
The pattern continued through the half which ended 38-0.
But Mancunians were rewarded for their persistence with a score late on but Ashton still came out on top 66-4.