4th December 2018, 16:34 | college_

AOC Premier Division round-up: Week 5

AOC Premier Division round-up: Week 5

By Jack Heale

Salford Red Devils Rising Stars and Wakefield College both cruised to two points in the AOC Premier Division, meanwhile, Furness Raiders caught the eye most notably, emerging victorious in a 52-point encounter.

Furness travelled to West Yorkshire to play Huddersfield Giants Foundation and after a good training session on Monday, the away side were more than ready for the challenge ahead.

Coach Dennis Porter said: "We took a strong squad because we know all the games in this league are competitive."

Porter was not wrong when he said it would be competitive.

Huddersfield opened the scoring with a try a minute in, but Elliot Campbell responded with four points just three minutes later for Furness.

Huddersfield then burrowed over and converted the try to put them in the lead at 10-4, before Furness replied with Cameron Currie driving the ball home and Ethan Bickerdike converting to equal the scoring.

In the latter stages of the first half, the Raiders really turned on the style. Currie, Cameron Hetherington and Connor Terrill all helped put Furness into the lead with Bickerdike converting each time. Bickerdike then scored a try of his own to make it 10-26 to Furness at the half-time mark.

Six minutes into the second half, Max Anderson-Moore scored with Bickerdike converting, and Furness followed this up with Kian McPherson diving over and Bickerdike at hand once again with the kick.

With just five minutes left, the Giants finally responded to make it 14-38 but the score remained that way until the end of the game.

Porter noted the contrast between the sides in his post-match thoughts: "The big difference from my point of view between the two sides was the execution on plays, Huddersfield seem to have a very similar structure to ourselves.

"Unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, their passes weren't sticking to hand, whereas with our boys seemed to execute the plays well so that was one of the biggest points of the game."

The win for Furness leaves them in third place in the League on six points, two points behind Wakefield and four behind Halifax Elite Academy, with Huddersfield in fifth.

Porter is more than aware of the talents that the top two sides possess.

"We aren't that far away from them (Wakefield). They beat us 16-10 at home and we had a few chances to score tries and we didn't and that's the difference against the top sides, when they get a chance, they score against you have just got to take your chances when they come.

"Halifax are up there with them. They are good, don't get me wrong, they are a class outfit."

Meanwhile, Warrington Wolves hosted Salford, yet the home side fell to a 32-10 defeat, allowing Salford to clinch their first win of the season, leaving Warrington at the foot of the table.

Elsewhere, Hopwood Hall College lost 26-6 to Wakefield, pushing the away side into second in the table.