Amateur rugby league round-up

BLACKBROOK returned to the top of the North West Counties League Premier Division with a hard-fought 28-12 victory over Widnes St Maries.

It looked like plain sailing for Brook when, after just three minutes, Danny Fairhurst followed up his own kick to score as the visitors’ defence hesitated.

But the Widnes outfit, led by props Hibbert and Prescott, hit back, and it was no surprise when Hibbert forced his way over to score, with Lee Birdseye levelling the scores with the conversion.

The home men regained the lead on the half-hour mark when a neat pass by Scott Holland sent pacy back-row forward Dave Weldon racing away to score a well-taken try in the corner.

St Maries quickly responded though with winger Danny Sharples outjumping everyone to score in the corner, and Birdseye added a superb conversion to edge his side in front for the first time.

The lead didn’t last long though as a towering kick caused and Lee Marsh was on hand to score the game’s third try in eight minutes.

He also added the goal to make it 16-12 at the break.

Brook again started well after the interval and stretched their advantage when Sean Richardson was hauled down a yard short, but from the quick play-the-ball Danny Fairhurst sent prop Steve Marsh. Lee Marsh again adding the conversion.

And Mark Lee’s men wrapped the game up midway through the second half when Kyle Smith to finished off in style with a try under the posts, leaving Marsh an easy kick for his fourth conversion.

Lee Marsh was the Tisdalls’ man of the match for Brook, with Danny Fairhurst taking the AB Sundecks’ players’ player award.

Pilkingtons 20

Clock Face Miners 32

CLOCK Face kept their unbeaten start to the season going with this convincing derby win.

Clock went ahead early on when after a scrum in the Pilks half, Andy Stanton slipped it to Ian Lynch to send him crashing over. Martin Hutton converted.

Clock doubled their score as the ball was charged down by Chris Sheffield, who then picked up the ball and raced away to score. Hutton converted.

The away ominance continued when a loose ball was kicked forward by Hutton, and it was followed up by Mark Gibson, who scored in the corner.

And Clock’s fourth try came from a similar thing, this time a kick through by Hutton was followed up by Matt Garner.

After the break, Clock went further ahead when a high kick from Hutton was collected by Sheffield, who went in for his second try of the day. Hutton added on the extras.

Pilks did not give up and in a 15-minute spell, they ran in three tries through Chris Rees and his brother John, who ran in two tries, one converted by Danny Lynch, to bring them right back into the game.

But Clock sealed their victory when Chris Kinsey broke away. He was caught just short of the line, but from the resulting play-the-ball, Andy Stanton went through a gap for a try Sean Forber converted.

Pilks did finish off the scoring when Steve Charlson went in and Lynch landed the goal.

Andy Stanton was the Saints Taxis man of the match, with Martin Hutton taking the Rosco Tyres players’ player award.

Jamie Smith was the HDL Couriers’ star man for Pilkingtons.