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20 Jun 2022

National Conference League Round 14 Round-up

National Conference League Round 14 Round-up

All eyes were on Division One this week as top of the table Kells hosted play-off chasing Ince Rose Bridge.

The Cumbrians have been in fine form and started this game brilliantly with a Ross Gainford improved score in the first minute - Harley Nelson getting over for the try.

That 6-0 advantage became 12-0 after 9 minutes when Jordan Burns touched down and Gainford converted. 

Then, five minutes after that Kells were over for their third try through James Ennis. Gainford's boot made it 18-0. A fourth try from the hosts Clarke Chambers seemingly had them in complete control at 22-0 but Ince Rose Bridge rallied before the break to claim two tries of their own,  both from the prolific Callum Hughes. Rob Valentine added a goal and it was 22-10 at half-time.

Straight from the second half kick off, Ince Rose Bridge marched downfield and Callum Hughes was over for his hat-trick. Valentine again goaled to close the gap to six points.

Kells were wobbling further after 50 minutes when Jamie Malone scored but the goal was wide. 

It was an uneasy advantage for Kells despite the personal efforts of Nelson and the visitors knew that they would have further opportunity.

That came nine minutes from time when Hughes found a hole in the defence to go in for his fourth try of the game and with a 24-22 lead, it was Ince Rose Bridge and their outstanding number six Dan Hammond who were able to emerge with the win.

Hull Dockers overtook Kells on Thursday evening when they hosted West Bowling, winning a tight affair 22-8 after West Bowling had led 8-0 at half-time.

Elsewhere in the division  there were wins for Stanningley at Saddleworth, Skirlaugh at Myton Warriors, while Featherstone Lions humbled Wigan St Pats and Milford claimed a deserved first win of the season at Oulton Riaders.

West Hull keep their grip at the top of the Premier Division after a late winner at Leigh Miners Rangers while Pilkington Recs success at Egremont Rangers, coupled with a superb 26-18 York Acorn win over Wath Brow Hornets has sent Egremont to the foot of the table. At Lock Lane it was another close run win for the hosts over Siddal while Thatto Heath Crusaders bounced back from their defeat last week to down Hunslet Club Parkside and Rochdale Mayfield won convincingly at Thornhill Trojans.

There were some big scores in Division Two with Dewsbury Celtic winning hansomely at Barrow Island and Clock Face Miners putting fifty points plus on Bradford Dudley Hill. Leaders Heworth stretched their lead at the top of the division with a comfortable success at Crosfields while there were thrilling wins for Dewsbury Moor Maroons at Beverley and for Woolston Rovers at home to Hunslet Warriors.

A last minute drop goal secured a share of the spoils for Normanton Knights as they drew 17-17 at Ince Rose Bridge.

East Leeds won convincingly against Bentley while there was a third success in a row for Leigh East. Millom had a dominant win over Batley Boys and there was a good win for Oldham St Annes over Shaw cross Sharks and away wins for Seaton Rangers and Waterhead Warriors

Here are the results in full.

Premier Division

  • Egremont Rangers 12 Pilkington Recs 16
  • Leigh Miners Rangers 26 West Hull 28
  • Lock Lane 26 Siddal 24
  • Thatto Heath Crusaders 20 Hunslet Club Parkside 4
  • Thornhill Trojans 10 Rochdale Mayfield 40
  • York Acorn 26 Wath Brow Hornets 18

 Division One

  • Featherstone Lions 30 Wigan St Pats 16
  • Kells 22 Ince Rose Bridge 24
  • Myton Warriors 16 Skirlaugh 32
  • Oulton Raiders 12 Milford 19
  • Saddleworth Rangers 0 Stanningley 36
  • Hull Dockers 22 West Bowling 8

Division Two

  • Barrow Island 0 Dewsbury Celtic 46
  • Beverley 18 Dewsbury Moor Maroons 24
  • Clock Face Miners 52 Bradford Dudley Hill 0
  • Crosfields 6 Heworth 30
  • Wigan St Judes 17 Normanton Knights 17
  • Woolston Rovers 28 Hunslet Warriors 22 

Division Three

  • East Leeds 52 Bentley 18
  • Eastmoor Dragons 16 Seaton Rangers 22
  • Hensingham 22 Waterhead Warriors 34
  • Leigh East 42 Drighlington 20
  • Millom 42 Batley Boys 0
  • Oldham St Annes 36 Shaw Cross Sharks 16