John Mooney: Myton Warriors v Rochdale Mayfield
Unfortunately can't get to the Council Cup Final on Wednesday. Going to London to see Gregory Porter at the Royal Albert Hall. Ironic as I've been watching them play all winter and can't get to the big game though they are both in another Final the following week.
After a shambolic opening 40 minutes, which saw them 32-0 down to Rochdale Mayfield, Myton Warriors rescued some credibility in the second period before going down 22-44. The game was transferred to Hull University's artificial pitch and it certainly suited the visitors, whose fleet-footed forwards completely dominated a timid Warriors though, without seven regulars it was always going to be a difficult game for the home side.
The writing was on the wall from the opening kick-off as Mytons allowed the ball to bounce conceding possession to Mayfield who quickly turned it into six points through a Liam Whalley try and Adey Gleason conversion. It wasn't long before they went in again and with prop-forward Gleason breaking through at will and towering loose-forward Paul Brearley having as much time as he needed on the ball, the visitors very quickly raced into what looked like an unassailable lead at the break with tries arriving at regular intervals.
A half-time pep-talk from new coaches Dave Wray and Darren Hoggard didn't appear to have worked when Mayfield scored again quickly after the break but suddenly the game was turned on its head with a trademark Natty Slater score then a magnificent solo effort from young full-back Dan Precious, both converted by Ash James. An unconverted try in the corner from Mike Ward followed and though Mayfield hit back Slater scored again and at 22-40 and the Warriors now dominant, anything could have happened. Slater was then ankle-tapped as he raced away from his own 25 which would have pulled another 6 points back and that was it as far as comebacks go with the visitors having the final say right on the hooter.
Ash James and Liam Ward worked tirelessly in the second period to get the Warriors back on track, while the introduction of Wes Newton off the bench steadied the ship, but how they'll rue a shocking first-half display which leaves them on the bottom of the table with just one point from four games. West Hull went to league leaders Hunslet Parkside and looked set for a draw until a late flurry of points saw the unbeaten home side come away with a 20-14 victory while in Division 2 Hull Dockers beat Wigan St Judes 29-22. Beverley went on the rampage at Stanley Ranger continuing their 100% start to their Division 3 campaign with an 84-6 demolition.