John Mooney: Myton vs Thatto Heath!
In an entertaining game at Cranbrook Ave, what looked a harsh dismissal of a Thatto Heath player early in the second half swung the balance in favour of Myton Warriors, who eventually ran out 38-24 winners against the Crusaders. The visitors absorbed much of the early pressure before Lee James crossed in the corner for an unconverted try for the Warriors though, against the run of play, that was quickly followed by a six-pointer to Thatto. Anthony Wheeldon then crossed for the home side on the half-hour mark, converted by Ash James, who added a penalty on the stroke of half-time for a 12-6 lead. With Thatto down to 12-men after what was deemed to be a late challenge, Ash James crossed out wide and though unable to convert the game looked to have slipped away from the Crusaders. However, Connor Dutton produced a lovely short pass for Adam Hesketh to reduce the deficit then a fine movement saw Niall Allen cross the line and an excellent conversion from Dan Birkett took the visitors in front. With Ash James injured Myton had plenty of work to do but Lee James' second plus superb efforts from Nathan Slater, getting on the end of a fine kick from Jordan Precious, Wes Newton and Adam Piggott, goaled by stand-in kicker Kris Walker, gave the Warriors a much-needed victory after two defeats and sets them up for their 'derby' with West Hull in a fortnight. The Myton pack laid the foundations with hooker Newton leading the way ably supported by the hard-working Lee Fewlass.
West Hull gained an expected victory at Pilkington Recs 32-4 but Skirlaugh found it tough at Leigh Miners going down 20-8. In Division One, Dockers lost 10-27 to second-in-table Hunslet Club Parkside.