John Mooney: West Hull v Rochdale Mayfield
West Hull win sets up Parkside thriller
West Hull survived a first-half onslaught from the Rochdale Mayfield forwards and fought back in the second period to run out 18-2 winners, setting up a blockbuster against leaders Hunslet Club Parkside at North Road next week.
Despite being without skipper Ryan Steen and halfback Ian Kerman, Mark Hewitt was able to pick a strong team with Bobby Tyson-Wilson joined on the bench by Scott Partis and Ryan Wilson, both returning from injury. Wests had little cohesion in attack in the early exchanges and it was the visitors who made most of the running. With giant loose-forward Paul Brierly calling the shots and hard-running prop Aidy Gleeson blasting away at the home defence, it only looked a matter of time before Mayfield got on the scoresheet but a series of last-gasp tackles, with fullback Nathan Hill and cenre Jack Lazenby involved in most, kept the try-line intact. It was a superb defensive stint from the Green and Golds and the Hornets only had two points to show for their endeavours, a penalty on the half-time whistle for a high tackle for which Nathan Powley was sent to the sin-bin for ten minutes.
The second period began with Wests again on defence but the introduction of Partis had given them more direction and it was no surprise when winger Danny Ward got on the end of a flowing move to sprint away from the visitor's defence and record his side's first points. Partis converted from the touchline and five minutes later it was his deft kick which fooled the Hornet's backline for Ryan Langton to react best and touchdown. The conversion followed and Wests were now in the driving seat and Josh Nicklin's try a few minutes later, again converted from the touchline, set the seal on a fine victory mainly provided by that excellent first-half defensive effort which will stand them in good stead against the unbeaten leaders.
In Division 1 Skirlaugh were on the wrong end of a 23-30 scoreline against Leigh Miners Rangers at Eastfield while in Division 2 Hull Dockers took a real mauling at title-chasing Dewsbury Moor Maroons going down 52-10. Neither Myton Warriors nor Beverley Braves had games.