John Mooney: Weekend Round Up!
Myton Warriors head into Tuesday's third-round draw for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup as the only representatives from our area following West Hull's defeat at Askam. The Warriors only progressed following a very hard-fought victory over their near-neighbours The University Of Hull, who battled all the way to the finish only to succumb 22-18. The students went behind early to a Natty Slater try and Ash James touchline conversion then Ellis Wray added another four points with a try in the corner before Adam Piggot scored to make it 14-0 and the Warriors looked to be cruising. Elliott Townsend pulled one back for the University and when Kyle Saunders added another and Ed Calver converted both it was a very different ball-game at the break. Poacher-in-chief Slater went in again just after half-time, goaled by Kris Walker, but a bulldozing effort from former Warrior Dave Kitenge set up a barnstorming finish with the only score coming from a Walker penalty.
West Hull travelled to Cumbria for the second successive week and took the lead in the 20th minute against Askam, who play in the third tier of the Conference. The hooter was about to sound for the break when the Cumbrians went over under the posts for a converted score and two further tries in the second half put paid to Wests' chances.
Defeats for NCL champions Thatto Heath Crusaders plus Rochdale Mayfield and Wath Brow Hornets means most of the Premier Divisions 'big guns' are already out though newly promoted Hunslet Parkside, easy winners over Wath Brow, are looking very strong. Mytons won't want to face them in the next round nor take a trip to Cumbria, who still have three representatives.
In the Hull and District League the 'local derby' at Massey Street between Brownies Bulldogs and Three Tuns went the way of Tuns by 31-18 while the improving Lambwath Lions gave North Hull Knights a fright before eventually going down 14-21.