SATURDAY 9TH MAY
Barrow Raiders 30-18 Oldham RLFC
Barrow Raiders brought Oldham’s perfect record to an end with a solid performance in Cumbria as they ran in six tries to lift themselves to fifth in the table.
Cameron Pittman helped himself to a double as Kyle Dolan, Liam Campbell, Andy Litherland and Liam Harrison also found their way over the try line.
Adam Clay also picked up a brace for the visitors, with Jack Holmes and Gareth Owen joining him on the score sheet, however that wasn’t enough to make it six out of six for Oldham who had Owen sent off late on.
Rochdale Hornets 28-16 Swinton Lions
Rochdale Hornets ensured they remained in the top four with a hard fought derby win over Swinton Lions, who started the weekend in fifth and finished it in eight.
Hornets outscored their local rivals five tries to three, with Danny Yates grabbing two of those tries including the last score of the game which sealed the victory. Dave Hull opened the scoring with dual-registered forwards Anthony Walker and Jack Ashworth also crossing.
Swinton skipper Richie Hawkyard scored two times himself with their other score going to Chris Rothwell, as they were outmuscled in the middle in a tough derby encounter.
Gloucestershire All Golds 6-46 York City Knights
York City Knights kept the pressure on the top four and piled misery on Gloucestershire All Golds in a one sided affair at the Prince of Wales Stadium.
Chris Vitalini’s try and Matthew Bradley’s conversion were the only points for Lee Greenwood’s men as they conceded eight tries and had Brett Scriven sent off late on to slump to defeat.
Pat Smith and Josh Tonks were in for doubles as Ben Dent added a try to his seven successful conversions. Tyler Craig, Nev Morrison and Greg Minikin grabbed four pointers of their own to round off the scoring.
SUNDAY 10TH MAY
Hemel Stags 12-58 Newcastle Thunder
Newcastle Thunder ran riot against Hemel Stags to end the weekend in third with a 10 try rout at Pennie Way.
Evan Simons and Matthew Marsh both scored a hat-trick of tries in a convincing victory, as Ali Blair also picked up a double. Dayne Craig was also over for a try with Matty Beharrell kicking nine conversions alongside a try of his own.
The hosts could only force their way over twice through Michael Brown and Derrell Olpherts as the Stags slumped to third bottom in the table.
Keighley Cougars 52-10 Coventry Bears
In what was a difficult day for everyone involved, Keighley Cougars honoured their late halfback Danny Jones with a victory in front of over 4,000 fans.
The hosts took a 24-10 lead into the break thanks to tries from Brendan Rawlins, James Feather and Paul March, with the visitors scoring through an Eddie Medforth double and Stephen Coleman conversion.
Coventry couldn’t trouble the Cougars in the second period though as Rikkie Sheriffe, Paul White and Ollie Pursglove crossed before Feather grabbed a late double to complete his hat-trick.
The win sent Keighley top of the table as they remained unbeaten with five wins out of five.
Oxford RLFC 38-24 London Skolars
Despite outscoring their opponents 24-10 in the second half London Skolars lost their fourth game of the season as Oxford did enough to secure only their second win of the year.
The hosts raced to a 28-0 lead at the break thanks to tries from Andrew Hoggins, Matty Blythe, Karl Davies, Danny Thompson and Luke Gardiner.
Josh Kittrick got Skolars off the mark before Aaron Jones-Bishop responded for Oxford, with Michael Sykes, Matt Cook and Will Lovell bringing the visitors back into the game at 32-24.
That was until Gardiner picked up his second to put the game to bed and to lift his side to ninth in the table.
South Wales Scorpions 18-50 North Wales Crusaders
North Wales Crusaders picked up only their second league victory with a convincing Welsh derby win over the still winless South Wales Scorpions.
The game was in the balance at half-time as the home side scored through Jonny Leather and Anthony Symons, but they trailed 24-12 at the break after Alex Thompson, Jason Dallimore, Gareth O’Brien and Elliot Davies all crossed for tries.
Tommy Johnson kicked seven goals and scored twice to pick up a 22-point haul as further efforts from Stuart Reardon, Jono Smith and Rob Massam helped their side run away with the contest.
Curtis Davies grabbed a late consolation as Mike Grady’s men stayed rooted to the bottom of the table.