John Mooney: Myton Warriors v Thatto Heath Crusaders
Despite a late rally, Myton Warriors couldn't quite claw back a 14pts deficit aginst Thatto Heath Crusaders at Cranbrook Avenue and, for the second time this season, were beaten just 2pts by last year's champions, the scoreline of 22-24 just about reflecting the run of play.
After early possession came to nothing for the home side, speedy full-back Ben Heyes easily outstripped the Warriors' defence to score under the posts and give Bobbie Goulding an easy conversion. Home winger Jack Flintham looked to have replied with a try in the corner though a forward pass had been detected by the linesman in the movement and it was chalked off.
Ash James and Dan Spencer were making good yards for the home forwards and the reward came when Kris Walker put brother Ryan through close enough for James to convert and level the scores. The Crusader's powerful prop Mike Stark was proving a real handful for the home defence while second-row Matty Norton was causing havoc with his strong running and it was the latter who scored next, getting on the end of what looked a hopeful grubber kick. The extras were missed while Kris Walker couldn't add the conversion when an excellent passing movement saw Ryan Walker send Lee James over in the corner on the stroke of half-time.
The second half started smartly for the visitors when centre Danny Davies sent Goulding in for an easy score which he converted then added a penalty for an off-the-ball incident which proved crucial. The half-back then converted a try by Adam Saunders to give his team what looked a comfortable cushion but the Warriors came roaring back with tries from Flintham, after a clever Liam Ward break, and Ryan Marrazza, both converted by James.
With 7-8 minutes left on the clock Mytons sniffed a chance of victory but Goulding's game management put paid to those hopes and another defeat kept them rooted to bottom spot.
West Hull's travel woes continue as they went down by exactly the same 24-22 scoreline at Underbank while Skirlaugh's morning kick-off in Division One didn't pay off as they were humbled 20-0 by Bradford Dudley Hill. In Division Two Hull Dockers had a welcome 28-22 victory over Saddleworth while Beverley dropped their first point of the season, drawing 26-26 at Clock Face Miners.