John Mooney: Myton Warriors vs Wath Brow Hornetts
Despite a starring performance from two-try Nathan Slater, a depleted Myton Warriors were second best to title chasing Wath Brow Hornets, who were themselves under strength, at Cranbrook Avenue. The Warriors were missing half-a-dozen first teamers on stag party duty in Prague and struggled to contain the visitors in the early stages, conceding a try and being grateful to see three chalked off by the referee. However, classy halfback Slater followed up his own grubber kick to score between the posts though the conversion was inexplicably missed. Powerful forward Callum Ferrer stormed over for the Hornets before they scored again to make it 14-4 but Slater got on the scoresheet once more when following up a smart kick by full-back Adam Piggott and winger Andy Oades went over in the corner to send the teams into half-time level.
The second half had only just begun when Mytons were left short-handed by a sin-binning for dissent and the Hornets took full advantage, running in three quick tries on the home side's vulnerable left edge. Superbly led by man-of-the-match Matt Huby and well marshalled by classy half-backs Fran King and Dean Rooney, the visitors were in full control when racing into a 36-14 lead though the Warriors never gave up and scored two consolation tries in the closing stages. Mytons stay in the play-off places despite the loss while Wath Brow consolidate their top four spot and with two games in hand could be challenging for top spot by the end of the campaign.
West Hull, whose victory over leaders Siddal last week was the highlight of their campaign so far, travelled to bottom side Leigh Miners Rangers and came away with a 42-26 victory but Skirlaugh continue to struggle and went down 40-22 at Wigan St Pats. In Division One, Dockers faced a daunting task at leaders Hunslet Club Parkside and came away with a 50-10 defeat.