It’s all to play for as the National Conference League’s 2022 regular season heads to a close.
OULTON RAIDERS and STANNINGLEY are jostling for a place in the promotion play-offs in Division One, with the top two teams in the lower three sections being elevated as of right and the next four meeting for the third spot.
The Raiders are currently in the precious sixth spot, having accounted for 16-man Saddleworth Rangers 52-12. Oulton, who were 20-12 ahead at half-time, closed with three tries and a goal by Will Milner, a Harry Kendall brace and tries by Hal Day, Liam Wiggins, Adrian Holdsworth, former Hunslet man Reece Chapman-Smith and Leon Rymer, that latter appending four goals. Danny Mackintosh improved one score.
STANNINGLEY crushed FEATHERSTONE LIONS, who travelled with only 15 players, 78-0. Tom Flannery led the way with 34 points from three tries and eleven goals, Henry Turner touched down on four occasions, and there was a brace for Jack Flanagan. Dylan McAndrew, Daniel Barcoe, Carl McGuigan, Dean Parker and Sam Moorhouse (another former Hunslet man) closed the account.
The region’s top-flight representatives, HUNSLET CLUB PARKSIDE, consolidated their status as the second-placed team in the Premier Division with an 18-0 win over Leigh Miners Rangers. Kieran Murphy scored the only try of the opening period, Ben Shulver crossed shortly after the restart, and Connor Squires and George Clarke touched down in the final quarter, Andy Hullock landing the only goal of the game.
EAST LEEDS are closing in on the Division Three title after beating Oldham St Annes 29-10, courtesy of a try and a field goal by Luke Littlewood, touchdowns to Ray Ralton, Andy Djeukessi (twice) and Josh Longbottom, plus four Nathan Conroy goals. DRIGHLINGTON, though, lost 30-26 at Millom, posting two Sam Thorton tries and touchdowns by Harris Brereton and Joel Harland, with Kieran Roche claiming a late consolation score; Mike Sanderson landed three goals.
HUNSLET WARRIORS were beaten 32-12 by visitors CROSFIELDS in Division Two after having trailed 24-0 early in the second half. Josh McLelland scored a try and two goals and Tyler Dargan dotted down.
Saturday 13 August 2022
National Conference League
Premier Division: Egremont Rangers 34, Rochdale Mayfield 26; HUNSLET CLUB PARKSIDE 18, Leigh Miners Rangers 0; Pilkington Recs 22, Lock Lane 26; Siddal 42, Thornhill Trojans 20 (played Friday); Wath Brow Hornets 24, West Hull 12; York Acorn 34, Thatto Heath Crusaders 24.
Division One: Milford 6, Ince Rose Bridge 48; Myton Warriors 10, Hull Dockers 12; OULTON RAIDERS 52, Saddleworth Rangers 12; STANNINGLEY 78, Featherstone Lions 0; West Bowling 34, Kells 12; Wigan St Patricks 24, Skirlaugh 28.
Division Two: Beverley 12, Woolston Rovers 42; Dewsbury Celtic 32, Wigan St Judes 18; Dewsbury Moor Maroons 40, Bradford Dudley Hill 18; Heworth 58, Barrow Island 12; HUNSLET WARRIORS 12, Crosfields 34; Normanton Knights 30, Clock Face Miners 24.
Division Three: Batley Boys 15, Eastmoor Dragons 23 (walkover score); EAST LEEDS 29, Oldham St Annes 10; Hensingham 4, Leigh East 18; Millom 30, DRIGHLINGTON 26; Shaw Cross Sharks 16, Waterhead Warriors 24 (played Thursday).
Saturday 20 August 2022
Premier Division: HUNSLET CLUB PARKSIDE v Egremont Rangers; Leigh Miners Rangers v Wath Brow Hornets;
Lock Lane v York Acorn; Pilkington Recs v West Hull; Siddal v Rochdale Mayfield; Thatto Heath Crusaders v Thornhill Trojans.
Division One: Hull Dockers v OULTON RAIDERS; Ince Rose Bridge v STANNINGLEY; Kells v Featherstone Lions; Saddleworth Rangers v Myton Warriors; Skirlaugh v Milford; West Bowling v Wigan St Patricks.
Division Two: Barrow Island v Beverley; Bradford Dudley Hill v Dewsbury Celtic; Clock Face Miners v Woolston Rovers; Crosfields v Wigan St Judes; Dewsbury Moor Maroons v Normanton Knights; HUNSLET WARRIORS v Heworth.
Division Three: DRIGHLINGTON v Shaw Cross Sharks; Eastmoor Dragons v Hensingham; Oldham St Annes v Bentley; Seaton Rangers v EAST LEEDS; Waterhead Warriors v Millom.