Kingstone Press League 1 Round Seven Round-up

University of Gloucestershire All Golds 66-6 Coventry Bears

Coventry Bears were on the wrong end of a 66-6 hammering as they travelled to the Prince of Wales Stadium to face Gloucestershire All Golds.

Matt Bradley ran in for a brace as well as adding nine goals to pick up a 26 point haul, with Mark Bowen crossing for a hat-trick for the hosts. Ryan Pywell and Jamie Murphy also grabbed try doubles, with Phil Cowburn, Callum Mulkeen and Toby Topham completing the 12 try romp.

For the visitors Jamahl Hunte scored Coventry’s solitary try in the first half, with Dan Parker adding the extras. The Bears are now in 11th place in the Kingstone Press League 1 table, with All Golds climbing to ninth.

North Wales Crusaders 74-14 Hemel Stags

Jono Smith tore Hemel Stags apart with a five star display as he crossed for five of North Wales Crusaders’ 13 tries.

Rob Massam’s hat-trick was overshadowed by Smith’s performance, with Ian Mort also grabbing a try to go with his 11 goals. The rout was completed by Alex Thompson, Stephen Wild, Karl Ashall and Callum Wright scoring.

Alex Anthony crossed for the visitors in the first half and Elliot Crosgrove grabbed a second half double, with Jymel Coleman adding a single conversion.

The win puts Crusaders in the promotion mix by lifting them to sixth in the Kingstone Press League 1 table, with Hemel struggling in third bottom.

Rochdale Hornets 76-16 Oxford RLFC

Dale Bloomfield grabbed a first half hat-trick as Rochdale Hornets eased to a third straight victory with a 76-16 hammering of Oxford at Spotland.

Matty Hadden helped himself to an unlikely double with fellow forwards Danny Bridge, Warren Thompson, Tony Suffolk and Anthony Walker finding their way over. Bradley Hargreaves, Jack Ashworth, Danny Yates and Paul Crook also crossed with Yates adding three goals and Crook knocking over nine.

Andrew Hoggins got the hosts off the mark towards the end of the first period and late consolation efforts from Ray Nasso and Luke Gardiner restored some pride, with Nathan Kitson adding two goals.

Rochdale climbed to second in the Kingstone Press League 1 table with the victory and are now within two points of the leaders, as Oxford sit way down in tenth position.

Swinton Lions 29-16 Keighley Cougars

Swinton Lions ended Keighley Cougars’ 100 per cent record with a 29-16 victory at Sedgley Park to knock the Cougars off the top of the Kingstone Press League 1 table.

Connor Dwyer, Chris Rothwell and Mike Butt cancelled out James Feather’s opener for the visitors, to send the Lions into the break 12-6 ahead.

Ben White knocked over a field goal and Shaun Robinson crossed the whitewash for a try before Dwyer scored his second and White sealed the win with a four pointer of his own.

Cougars crossed in the second period through Oliver Pursglove and Paul Handforth however it wasn’t enough to keep their unbeaten run going.

Swinton climbed up to seventh with their victory and Keighley dropped to third, however they have a game in hand over the leaders.

Oldham 45-20 Newcastle Thunder

Oldham bounced back from last week’s defeat away to Barrow Raiders to end Newcastle Thunder’s run of three straight wins and return to the top of the Kingstone Press League 1 table.

Adam Clay scored a hat-trick for the hosts, one of which came in the first period alongside tries from Steve Roper, Gareth Owen and Danny Langtree which cancelled out Dayne Craig’s opener to give the home side a 22-4 lead.

Joe Brown replied for Newcastle but Steven Nield’s effot kept the home side in control at the break with a 28-8 advantage.

Craig grabbed his second with Jason Payne also finding a way over to bring Thunder within eight points, however Clay completed his hat-trick with a double and Lewis Palfrey scored a try to go with his field goal and six conversions to round off the victory.

Oldham are now two points ahead of local rivals Rochdale at the top of the table, as Newcastle also sit two points off the pace in fourth place.

London Skolars 6-42 Barrow Raiders

Barrow Raiders backed up their win over Oldham last week with a comfortable victory over London Skolars, who suffered a fourth straight loss.

Michael Benson scored the hosts only try with Oscar Thomas knocking over the conversion.

Josh Ward finished with a personal haul of 22 points as he crossed for a try along with kicking nine goals. Camron Pitman, Andrew Dawson, Liam Harrison, Anthony Bate and Shane Toal completed the scoring for the visitors.

It was a long journey for the Raiders but they dealt with it well to ease to victory and climb to fifth in the Kingstone Press League 1 table, with Skolars’ fifth loss of the season condemning them to second bottom.

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