12th March 2018, 15:22 | ncl
By Ryan Booth
After the 'Beast from the East' wiped out a host fixtures a week earlier, the 2018 Kingstone Press National Conference League season is now officially underway - here we take a look at the weekend's action across the league's four tiers.
Rochdale Mayfield succumbed to an opening-day defeat in front of the Freesports TV cameras, as Egremont Rangers ran out 22-6 winners in a hard-fought encounter at Mayfield Sports Centre.
Tries from Stephen Fox, Jack Stainton, Matty Henson and Lewis Beckwith - alongside three goals from Matt Bewsher - ensured Egremont secured maximum points.
Former Bradford Bulls man Calland has now entered his 37th season in the game and featured at centre for Mayfield during the clash - but the 46 year old was unable to have any major influence as Paul Brearley's effort was Rochdale's sole consolation from the defeat.
Leigh Miners Rangers raced to the top of the Division 1 table after triumphing over Pilkington Recs 24-8 at Twist Lane.
Tries from Joe Digby, Adam Thomason, Todd Fenlon and Jake Lloyd ensured The Miners ran out comfortable winners, in what was a dominant display.
Jack Reynolds added four goals for Leigh to increase the margin between the two sides to 16 points.
Pilks responded with two well-worked tries from Jake Hodson, but the hosts hung on to clinch a massive two points and propel themselves to the summit of the league table.
Dewsbury Moor Maroons overturned a 14 point deficit to earn a crucial 26-22 victory at the home of West Yorkshire rivals Stanningley.
The hosts dominated the opening period and raced into a 22-10 lead at the interval thanks to tries from Liam Copland, Benjamin Selby, Josh Turner and Adam Benn.
Nevertheless, The Maroons regrouped at the break and scored three unanswered tries and a penalty goal in the second period to complete a remarkable comeback at the Arthur Miller Stadium.
Barrow bounced back from their opening day 30-0 defeat to Beverley to secure their first points of the campaign after easing past Gateshead Storm 28-12 at Rating Lane.
Joseph Spencely and Blain Marwood claimed a brace apiece whilst Aidan Wright also crossed over the hosts in a ruthless display.
Wright added three goals to his side’s tally whilst Matthew Sayle added a further effort to confirm the victory.
Check out all the results from this weekend's action here.