18th April 2018, 15:00 | ncl

NCL round-up | Hunslet lead the way

NCL round-up | Hunslet lead the way

By Ryan Booth

After yet another enthralling weekend of NCL action last week - here we take a look at how this weekend's action unfolded.

Premier Division | Hunslet Club Parkside 20-14 West Hull

Hunslet Club Parkside preserved their 100 per cent record in dramatic fashion after overcoming a spirited West Hull side to triumph 20-14 at Hillidge Road.

League leaders Parkside, coached by Castleford Tigers' Paul McShane, raced into an early lead when Andrew Hullock dived over before Daniel Rowse converted - Rowse then added a penalty to extend Hunslet's lead.

The visitors responded well and clawed their way back into the game through Jack Lazenby before turning the game on it's head as Josh Nicklin and Callum Windley powered over before Scott Partis added a goal.

However, Hunslet recovered and turned the game around as Hullock claimed a second try which Rowse converted before Jamie Fields crossed over and added a further goal - Rowse and Ryan Gaunt also added respective drop-goals to complete a remarkable comeback.

Division 1 | Oulton Raiders 29-20 Milford Marlins

Division 1 leaders Milford Marlins suffered their first defeat of the campaign as Oulton Raiders secured a huge 29-20 victory in an intense encounter which was broadcast live on Premier Sports.

High-flying Milford have been in sensational form this season and Martin Loveridge claimed one try and four goals along with further scores from James Barker and Edward Wilson.

However, the hosts did enough in response to cause arguably the shock of the weekend as four goals and a drop goal from Jordan Gale, cousin of Super League Man of Steel Luke, alongside tries from Kieran Walpole, Adrian Holdsworth, Chris Hope, Gale and Matthew Stableford ensured the Raiders ran out deserved winners.

Division 2 | Drighlington 30-20 Saddleworth Rangers

Drighlington condemned Saddleworth Rangers to a 30-20 defeat despite a valiant effort from the Oldham-based outfit.

Oliver Kerr claimed a double for the Rangers whilst Sammy Ireland and Joshua Bradbury also crossed over the whitewash - Bradbury also added two conversions.

This wasn't enough to salvage a point however as the hosts secured the spoils through tries from Daniel Cahill, Daniel Sanderson, Jake Dearden, Luke Smithson, Joshua Milnes and Joseph Bownass - Michael Sanderson also added three goals to cap off a clinical display.

Division 3 | Oldham St Annes 24-12 Woolston Rovers

A heroic performance from Matthew Whitehead ensured Oldham St Annes moved away from the bottom of the Division 3 table in style after securing a vital 24-12 win over Woolston Rovers at Higginshaw Road.

Six goals and a try from Whitehead along with Callum Cashin and and Thomas Robinson’s tries ensured The Saints snatched maximum points from the hands of the highly-fancied Rovers.

Tom Woodward and Matthew Davy did cross over for the visitors but Oldham weren't to be denied and will head into their clash with Dewsbury Celtic next week full of confidence.