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Feeling at a loose end this Saturday 15th Feb ? Then come along to Stanningly and watch the inaugural Charity Shield between Miners & West Hull all proceeds go to the Steve Prescott foundation. Steve did a great deal for this before passing away, so the least that you can do is give the competition your full support it only costs a couple of quid. See you all there.

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The Steve Prescott Foundation are extremely honoured that the inaugural NCL Charity Shield Match between Champions West Hull and Cup Winners Leigh Miners will be named after Steve Prescott Foundation.

Chairman of the SPF Mike Denning said "The National Conference League always supported Steve and his foundation. It is a fantastic gesture from the NCL that has been well received by Steve's family and charity. We would like to thank all associated with the NCL. It promises to be an exciting game between two great teams. Support like this will ensure Steve's name will always be remebered in the Rugby League community!"

SPF Ambassador Garry Schofield OBE will present the Trophy and all funds raised on the day will go to the SPF

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The inaugural "amateur" charity shield was played in 1991 at the Douglas Bowl on the isle of Man and the result was Leigh East 20 Saddleworth Rangers 29. The following year it was played at Stanley park athletics stadium in Blackpool and Wigan St. Patricks defeated Hull Dockers 15-13. Sorry Maxwel but your game will be the third Charity Shield match, it has never gone to a better cause before though.

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Impressive from a Grand final team missing James and Curtis Jackson,Benson, Scott Spaven and Morrow.Plummer and Radley especially showed their pace and broke through the Miners defence out wide.Scott Obrien outstanding for Miners.

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Leigh Miners 16 v 24 West Hull

West Hull where crowned the inaugural Steve Prescott Foundation Charity Shield winners yesterday afternoon after seeing off an ill disciplined Leigh Miners side 24-16 on a cold afternoon at Stanningley. It was the green and golds who struck first playing with the wind, a cross field kick was plucked out of the air by their right winger who put down in the corner to make it 4-0, the score was increased to 8-0 when Wests scored their second try this time in the left corner after some good build up play. Despite playing against the wind Miners had plenty of field position in the first half but with their attack being nowhere near as fluent as West Hull's attack was they found it hard to break down a tough Hull defensive line, their only joy coming when stand off Kieran Eccleston grubber kicked through to pick up and score under the sticks, Scott O'Brien converting to give the score 8-6, and that's how the score stayed going into half time break with West Hull holding a two point advantage.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half was a we score you score affair with Miners drawing first blood taking the lead for the first time through centre Adam Thomason who dived over in the right corner to give the score 10-8, Wests hit back almost immediately after chipping over the top on the last tackle to score to the right of the posts, the kick being converted to make the score 14-10 to West Hull. Miners took the lead for a second time when Scott O'Brien went over from close range, O'Brien converting his try to edge Miners in front at 16-14 but that's has good has it got for last years cup winners as similar to the first half when they had Wests pinned inside their own half they gave way to many needless penalties away to march them up field into good ball, West Hull taking full advantage to score back to back tries in the final quarter of the match to put them eight points in front, Miners couldn't come back from that with their attack not offering enough to get back into the game something they will have to improve ahead of next weeks tough trip to Kells in the Challenge Cup, while West Hull headed back to Humberside full of confidence ahead of their second round tie with Thatto Heath Crusaders after lifting another piece of silverware winning the game 24-16.

MINERS TEAM = Jonny Youds, Andrew Groves, Adam Thomason, Ellis Grimes, Sean MacDonald, Kieron Eccleston, Scott O’Brien, Martin Gray, Matty Meaden, Darryl Kay, Lee Gittins, Danny Jackson, Danny Jones, Subs = Shaun Dowie, Aaron Gorton, Matt Astley, Lee Wingfield

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The inaugural "amateur" charity shield was played in 1991 at the Douglas Bowl on the isle of Man and the result was Leigh East 20 Saddleworth Rangers 29. The following year it was played at Stanley park athletics stadium in Blackpool and Wigan St. Patricks defeated Hull Dockers 15-13. Sorry Maxwel but your game will be the third Charity Shield match, it has never gone to a better cause before though.

Thanks for that piece of information you certainly are a font of knowledge when it comes to amateur Rugby League and well received. This particular game was named after as you Know  the Steve Prescott foundation Charity Shield fund hence the new event. 

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Yeah, you have a point Maxwel. The previous Charity Shield games were between the NCL (BARLA National League) premier division champions and the BARLA National cup winners.

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