Thornhill Trojans A20
TROJANS A team did just enough to beat Queensbury and continue their march towards retaining the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy, won by the first team last year.
With the first team fast-tracked to the Pennine Premier Division in the summer, it is up to the club’s second string to mount a successful defence of the trophy and the narrow win over Queensbury puts them into the third round.
Thornhill resisted the temptation to load the side with first team players and only Adam Bird, Adam Hoyle and Jake Ratcliffe, back in action after sustaining a broken arm, were called-up.
Poor discipline and slack defence from the visitors kept the result in the balance and it was the hosts who broke the deadlock when Jason Basiw crossed for an unconverted try with only three minutes played.
Adam Bird replied for Trojans, pouncing on a loose ball and racing 80 metres to go under the posts. Mark Hodgson added the extras.
Mindaugas Bendikas send man of the match Hoyle over for another score improved by Hodgson before the break but Queensbury responded with another Basiw touch-down early in the second period.
It got worse for the visitors when Sam Evison crossed from the kick-off and Mike Boocock kicked the conversion.
Bret Simmonds combined superbly with Jake Hickling to put the latter over for a score improved by Hodgson, who then bagged a penalty to give Trojans the upper hand.
But the sin-binning of Jake Ratcliffe gave the hosts a lift and extra time loomed when Ken Timewell crossed for Queensbury.
However, the conversion was missed and Trojans breathed a sigh of relief.
Underbank Rangers 6
WYKE began the new year with a win that keeps them in the hunt for promotion from Pennine League Division 2.
The hosts bossed proceedings in the first half but they had to settle for a single unconverted score, albeit a terrific one finished off by Simon Owen.
The Rangers defence continued to frustrate Wyke, who played up the slope in the second period, but the hosts’ endeavours reaped their rewards 15 minutes into the half.
Player-coach Ian Wormald barged over following another good team effort and Michael Wormald added the extras.
The sides exchanged periods of pressure thanks to some fine rugby but it was Wyke who increased their lead when skipper Ian Watkinson touched-down and Michael Wormald converted.
Rangers scored a try with 10 minutes left but it was too little, too late.
Wyke take on Siddal in the first round of the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy on Saturday (2pm).
Wyke’s second team suffered a 20-4 defeat at Queensbury B in Division 7.
Matthew Harrison’s try late in the first half was not enough to stop the hosts who controlled the game throughout.
Wyke travel to Queensbury again on Saturday in the first round of the Pennine Supplementary Cup (2pm).
Dewsbury Moor U18s battled their way to a 24-16 win over Brighouse in the first round of the Yorkshire Youth League Cup.
Moor twice came back from behind and prevailed thanks to Jordan Foster’s brace and tries from Tobias Richardson and Jacob Flathers, who added all four goals.