Keighley Cougars’ Kingstone Press League 1 round 5 fixture against London Skolars was abandoned due to the tragic death of 29-year-old Cougars player Danny Jones. It is a tragedy that has been felt throughout the whole rugby league community as they have proven once again that this is more than just a sport, it is a family. You can donate to the just giving page in Danny’s name to help support his family who have been devastated by his loss here https://www.justgiving.com/dannyjones29.
Here is a full round up of this weekends results:
Coventry Bears 10-35 Rochdale Hornets
Anthony Walker went in for a brace of tries as Rochdale Hornets recorded a 35-10 Kingstone Press League 1 victory over Coventry Bears.
Dan Parker went over early for the Bears but the Hornets hit back with tries from Dale Bloomfield and Wayne English and a Gareth Langley goal to take a 10-4 half-time lead.
And the Hornets pulled away after the break with scores from Walker (2), Warren Thompson and Danny Bridge with Langley taking his goal tally to five.
Cameron Boulter scored a consolation try for the Bears and Stephen Coleman added a goal before Danny Yates completed the scoring for the Hornets with a drop-goal.
Newcastle Thunder 36-20 Oxford RLFC
Newcastle Thunder recorded their fourth win of the Kingstone Press League 1 campaign with a 36-20 victory over Oxford RLFC.
Two tries in the first 10 minutes from Jason Tali and two goals from Dayne Craig gave Thunder a 12-0 lead.
Oxford fought back to within two points at the break with Dave Peterson and Danny Thomas touching down and Nathan Kitson adding two points.
Stuart Kain and Jordan Meads went over for Newcastle in the first 10 minutes of the second half before Craig touched down himself and made it four from five conversion attempts.
Sean Morris scored two tries for Oxford, either side of Tom Capper’s effort for Newcastle, to round off the game.
Hemel Stags 18-6 South Wales Scorpions
Hemel Stags piled more woe on rock-bottom South Wales Scorpions with an 18-6 Kingstone Press League 1 victory.
Mike Stewart and Eddie Mbaraga crossed for first-half tries with Barry John Swindells adding a goal as the Stags went into the interval 10-0 up.
Vinney Finnigan then went over eight minutes into the second half to extend the advantage before South Wales hit back with a try from Curtis Davies and goal from Paul Emanuelli.
But Swindells went over for the hosts to make sure of victory.
North Wales Crusaders 24-16 Barrow Raiders
North Wales Crusaders fought back from 16-6 down to record their first KIngstone Press League 1 win of the campaign, beating Barrow 24-16.
Jamie Dallimore’s 11th-minute try, converted by Tommy Johnson, gave Crusaders an early lead but Barrow responded with scores from Liam Campbell, Kristian Tyson and Lee Haney, while Josh Ward kicked two goals.
Crusaders reduced the deficit to four points at the interval when Alex Thompson went over late on and Johnson added the extras.
And the hosts secured victory in the second period with converted tries from George King and Dallimore in the final 12 minutes.
Oldham 33-30 University of Gloucestershire All Golds
Steven Nield scored a hat-trick of tries as Oldham maintained their 100 per cent start to the Kingstone Press League 1 season with a thrilling 33-30 victory over the University of Gloucestershire All Golds.
It was the visitors who made the brighter start and Lewis Reece went over in the second minute and Mattew Bradley’s goal made it 6-0 before Nield touched down for his first try of the afternoon.
Joe Martin then crossed again for the visitors and Bradley’s second goal put them in charge.
But Oldham came roaring back and tries from Josh Johnson and Sam Gee and a pair of Lewis Palfrey goals sent them into the break 16-12 up.
The All Golds re-took the lead four minutes after the interval with a first try of the afternoon for Callum Mulkeen and another Bradley goal.
Nield then went over for his second and third tries of the afternoon before Joe McClean got one back for the visitors.
Liam Thompson crossed for Oldham’s sixth try of the afternoon but a drop goal from Tom Dempsey kept Oldham far enough ahead that Mulkeen’s late score, converted by Bradley, was only a consolation.
Swinton Lions 34-24 York City Knights
Swinton Lions ran in six tries as they recorded a 34-24 victory over York City Knights in Kingstone Press League 1.
The Lions, who leapfrog their opponents in the table, led 12-0 following converted tries from Stuart Littler and Chris Atkin, before Ed Smith crossed and Lee Waterman slotted the extras to halve the deficit at half-time.
The gap was cut to two when Greg Minikin crossed five minutes into the second period but Swinton took charge with Littler scoring twice in three minutes to complete his hat-trick.
On the hour mark Ben White also touched down and Atkin made it five from five with his kicks.
York’s James Clare and Swinton’s Andy Ackers then traded unconverted tries before the visitors gave the scoreline a less one-sided look with late scores for Liam Cunningham and Josh Tonks.
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