11th December 2015, 09:57 | 

Northern round-up

Northern round-up

By ALEX DAVIS


Manchester Met remain unbeaten at the top of DIVISION 1A after a comfortable 44-10 win over Liverpool.

However, the game of the round took place between LJMU and York St John, LJMU running out 19-18 winners.

Two tries from Lewis Smith and one from Stephen Batty tries enough for York to claim victory as they were outscored four tries to three.

Dempsey proved the key man for LJMU with a man of the match display which included a try and the winning drop goal.

Sheffield rounded off the DIVISION 1A action with an emphatic 46-16 win over Manchester.

Manchester opened the scoring with a long range try from Cousins.

Sheffield then drew level but Manchester regained the lead when a neat inside ball opened a hole in the Sheffield defence.

However, Sheffield then took control, running in three tries to lead 22-8 at the break.

Further touchdowns gave them an unassailable 46-8 lead but Manchester finished with a flourish, Farrow sneaking over from dummy half before they scored a try out wide to finish the game.

In DIVISION 2A, UCLAN cemented their position at the top of the table with a resounding 70-12 win over Edge Hill 70-12 in the only game played in the division.

DIVISION 2B saw a terrific contest between Leeds Beckett and Huddersfield, Beckett eventually running out 30-16 winners.

A spate of penalties conceded by Huddersfield led to two tries from Beckett’s dummy half and a third from full-back Joe Howard after a good offload on the left, which put them 14-0 ahead.

Huddersfield worked their way back into the game, good handling by half-backs Andy Elliot and Tom Bowden enabling David Eatock cross over on the left, with Elliot converting via the crossbar.

But Beckett had the final say of the half after Huddersfield conceded another penalty, Leeds moving the ball wide to the right for Connor Lyle to touch down.

Beckett threatened to run away with the game at the start of the second half but two good cover tackles from Munashe Mvududu and Steve Cooper kept the scoreline at 18-6.

Huddersfield scored next to cut the deficit to eight points, star man Eatock finding space on the left before firing a pass to centre Alex Milburn who charged through the defence and outpaced the full-back on his way to the line.

However, an error from the kick-off by Huddersfield allowed Junior Ibrahim to barge over for the first of his two tries to stretch the lead to 14 points.

His second was a stunning length-of-the-field effort where he outpaced Huddersfield winger Harry Walkington to touchdown.

Huddersfield then scored the try of the game, Eatock fielding a kick before offloading to Milburn who broke through the line.

Constantly fighting the boggy pitch to keep his feet, he eventually found Andy Elliot on his right who dived over from short range.

The only blot on Eatock’s stand out performance was a yellow card, received as the game took a physical turn with hits flying in from both teams.

Beckett held on for the win, withstanding some late pressure from Huddersfield.

In the other game in DIVISION 2A, Leeds Trinity were comfortable 40-4 winners over Newcastle A.

There was also one match in DIVISION 3A, Leeds A beating Sheffield A 42-24.