John Mooney: Wyke Youngsters Succumb to Lions' Power
A very young Wyke side containing fourteen teenagers took on Hull and District's Paulsom Trophy winners Lambwath Lions in a friendly at Cropton Road on Saturday. The only game of rugby league in the city attracted a fair-size crowd who wouldn't have been disappointed with the endeavour and skills on show from both sides though in the end the sheer size and power of the Lions was too much for the Wyke youngsters.
The home side started off much the better and had virtually all of the opening quarter, finding freedom on their left edge to score twice through Alec Hardie Jnr and Connor Kirby. With one of the tries converted they had quickly built up a 10-0 lead and the visitors had hardly been in the game .
That all changed, however, when coach Stuart Page sent on four replacement including the Hill twins and they began to take almost immediate control. Chris King buried his way under a pile of bodies to score under the posts, with Calvin Foston converting, then Gary Tomlinson finished off a flowing move for a converted score which took the Lions into the lead. The home side once again went over on the left side through the speedy Jean-Claude Kalilwa to take them back into a narrow lead after the Lions had a man sin-binned but again the lead changed hands on the stroke of half-time when Foston powered over.
The second half began fairly quietly and it wasn't until halfway through that Lambwath extended their lead through a converted Nathan Fawley try then Joe Lawthorpe rounded things off with another six-pointer.
Wyke came back strongly in the latter stages and were unlucky to see two tries chalked off. They had very good service from Academy prop-forward Lewis Harold while Kalilwa was in the thick of the action throughout.
The match was a very good advertisement for the game in our area at grass roots level, rearranged quickly after another raft of postponements in the Yorkshire Men's League.