4th April 2018, 11:06 | ncl
By Ryan Booth
Last Saturday saw yet another superb week of NCL action unfold - here we take a look at how the two schedule Easter fixtures panned out.
In this week's sole Premier Division contest, Wath Brow Hornets claimed the Cumbrian bragging rights as the hosts triumphed 36-10 over Kells in a hard-fought derby in front of the Freesports TV cameras.
Kells headed into the game as slight favourites having earned a point more than The Hornets - despite playing a game less.
The visitors had opened their season with a 20-all draw at Myton Warriors, before recording an emphatic victory two weeks later as they cruised to a 40-18 victory over Wigan St Patricks.
Wath Brow meanwhile had suffered defeats to both Normanton Knights and Hunslet Club Parkside either side of a 28-14 triumph over Underbank Rangers.
Despite tries from Ross Ainley and Connor Hetherington and a further goal from Ross Gainford, Kells were unable to claim any points as the hosts ran out deserved winners from an enthralling encounter in Cleator.
Wath Brow Hornets: Walker-Taylor, Sibbald, Caddy, Teare, Davidson, King, K Dixon, Ramsden, McCartney, Molyneaux, Farrer, Devine, Lucock. Interchanges: McCarron, Burns, J Dixon.
Kells: Smith, G Gainford, Benson, Lofthouse, Herve, Dalton, R Gainford, Ainley, Armstrong, Lowery, Hetherington, Culnean, Burns. Interchanges: McLaughlin, Smith, Watson, Kinrade.
Stanley Rangers moved off the foot of the Division 3 table after securing a crucial 20-12 over Gateshead Storm at Lee Moor Road.
The Storm made a good start to the contest and opened the scoring with just ten minutes on the clock as loose-forward David Weetman crashed over from close-range before Zach Clarke duly added the extras.
However, the hosts weren't to be denied and overturned the deficit as Jordan Walker claimed a well-taken brace before Billy Cooper and Craig Williamson also crossed over the whitewash.
Williamson also added two goals to complete the scoring as Wakefield-based Rangers leapfrogged Gateshead to move up to 11th in the league table.
Elsewhere, two other NCL clubs were in action on Good Friday as Premier Division Rochdale Mayfield secured the prestigious Oldham Amateur Standard Cup title after triumphing 28-12 over Division 3 side Oldham St Annes in a hard-fought clash at Manor Park - the home of Oldham Rugby Union Club.