There was plenty of amateur Rugby League fare to enjoy, throughout the land, over the weekend and during the previous few days.
CUMBRIA MEN’S LEAGUE leaders DISTINGTON eased to a 58-0 win over mid-table ULVERSTON.
Gavin Martin and Liam Friel bagged a brace apiece in the romp while Steve Conway, Aiden Worthington, Sean Sutton, Steven Clarke, Matthew Hewer and Scott George nipped over, with Clayton Sutton kicking nine goals.
Second-placed BARROW ISLAND edged a 14-12 issue at ELLENBOROUGH RANGERS, for whom Michael Hill improved tries by Kevin Hoban and Shane Ackerley. The Island took the spoils through three goals for Matthew Sayle, with Sam Jones and Joe Spenceley crossing.
WALNEY CENTRAL, meanwhile, disposed of WATH BROW HORNETS 72-6. Lewis Pritchard scored for Hornets and Martin Barwise added the extras, but the Cents otherwise held sway.
Jordan Staffier helped himself to a hat-trick, Declan Gavin, Jack Rushden and Mike Backhouse crossed twice, and Connor Pearce contributed a try and 10 goals, with Jamie Morrow, Dave Nicholson and Steve Bell popping in.
A last-gasp try by Kieran Mewes, with Dominic Smallwood kicking the conversion, helped SEATON snatch a 24-20 win at GLASSON. Mewes, who had improved his own try at the start of the second half, had previously converted touchdowns by Billy Southward and Philip Armstrong. Glasson had led through tries by Kieran Featherstone, Gary Taylor, Matthew Burns and Carl Armstrong, Taylor and Greg Mounsey each adding a goal.
A late touchdown by Steve Smith helped HENSINGHAM to a 34-30 win over ROOSE. Smith had previously scored a try and three goals, with Josh Rogerson and Jordan Thompson both crossing twice. Callum Tunstall got the hosts’ other try while Adam Batty had a hat-trick for Roose, Glen Phillips bagged a brace and Joel Williamson popped in, Steve Perry landing three goals.
ASPATRIA eased to a 60-10 win over FLIMBY in Wednesday evening’s CUMBERLAND CUP QUARTER-FINALS. Mark Irwin scored a hat-trick in the romp, and Luke Johnson garnered two tries and eight goals. Chris Scott also bagged a brace, and other touchdowns went to Darryl Creighton, Conner Abram, Jonathan Burnyeat and Kris Beattie. Luke Baker crossed twice for Flimby and Darren Pape added a conversion.
KELLS A beat ELLENBOROUGH RANGERS 38-6, courtesy of two tries each for Kieran Halcrow and Grant McLaughlin, with Owen Martin, Michael Orr, Barry Boyd and Steven Nelson also crossing and Ryan Doran landing three goals. Jonathan Stoddart touched down for Elbra and Michael Hill improved.
Two tries each for Clarke Riley and Matthew Sibbit, with Lewis Pritchard and Curtis Tear also touching down and Jason Connery improving three scores, helped WATH BROW HORNETS account for HENSINGHAM 30-16. Callum Tunstall, Rory Henderson and Shaun Dixon relied for the visitors and Josh Rogerson added a couple of conversions.
Keith Campbell scored a hat-trick and Callum Sirkett contributed two tries and eight goals in LOWCA’S 56-6 stroll on Saturday over BROUGHTON RED ROSE in the IGGESUND CUMBERLAND LEAGUE.
Robbie Fisher, Paul McNally, Jordan Goodwin, Stephen Hodgson and Luke Weighman also touched down, while Regan Tinnon crossed for the Rose and Lee Cunningham added the extras.
EGREMONT won 42-16 at KELLS, thanks to a brace apiece for Matthew Henson, Ryan Barnes and Kieren Glenn, with Kevin Brown and Callum Aitken also crossing and Tony Hetherington kicking five goals.
Halcrow, Boyd and Jake Parker replied for Kells, and Doran improved a couple of scores.
YORKSHIRE MEN’S LEAGUE title hopefuls WEST BOWLING won 30-19 at MIRFIELD STAGS, who posted an Adam Whiteley brace, tries by Scott Bradley and Alex Muff, and a goal and a field goal by Brandon Hunter. Bowling prevailed through two tries for Jake Green, touchdowns by Liam Coe and Dan Gregory, and a try and five goals to Robert Young.
CRIGGLESTONE ALL BLACKS accounted for METHLEY ROYALS 64-16 in Friday night’s Entry League fixture.
Luke Drury, Bob Elsbury, Tom Padgett, Henry Firth, Callam Gamble, Nathan Hargreaves, Josh Haigh, Adam Swift, Hayden Saul and Tom Haigh crossed for the All Blacks, Saul adding the conversions, while Methley, who travelled with only 13 players and suffered a number of injuries, nevertheless impressed with tries for Tyrone Padgett, Leon Blakey, Ryan Meah and Jason Tate.
WEST WALES RESERVES travelled to BRIDGEND for Wednesday’s WELSH CONFERENCE SOUTH clash with only 13 players but impressed, with tries by Iwan Mayze and Tony Reese, with Taylor Phillips adding a conversion, in a 46-10 defeat.
The match was brought to an early close when Wests were reduced to nine men through injury, the Blue Bulls having registered a Lewis Morgan hat-trick, a brace apiece for Dan Forrester and Nicky Giles, and touchdowns for Luke O’Driscoll and Lee Harben-Jones, seven of which Gareth Howells improved.