Hunslet RLFC saw off gutsy completion from West Bowling in the Challenge Cup at a windy South Leeds Stadium yesterday (9 March 2019)
A minute’s silence was impeccably observed before the kick off for the legendary Peter Fox who sadly died last week.
The Bradford amateurs struck first just two minutes in, taking a 0-6 lead through Richard Lumb, whose try was converted by Harry Williams.
The Parksiders struck back with tries from Nathan Chappell, Jack Lee, Marcus Webb and Josh Tonks. Reece Dean converted two of the scores.
Joe Hammond scored for West Bowling before the break whilst Webb was in the sin bin for lashing out. The Bradord side were still in touch at half time with the score 20-10.
However, Hunslet showed their superiority over the NCL Division Two club with a disciplined second half performance.
Three tries in seven minutes snuffed out any chance of a cup upset. Hunslet withstood a period of pressure before killing the game off with four more tries.
Marcus Webb completed a hat-trick, Josh Tonks scored a second, while Tom Ashton and Cain Southernwood got a brace of tries apiece. Reece Dean kicked four second half goals.
Hunslet RLFC: Jimmy Watson, Tom Ashton, Ben Heaton, Cain Southernwood, Jack Lee, Adam Robinson, Josh Tonks, Duanne Straugheir, Mike Emmett, Dan Hawksworth, Reece Dean, Nathan Chappell, Marcus Webb. Interchange: Zach Braham, Nyle Flynn, Vila Halafihi, Jon Luke Kirby.
West Bowling ARLFC: Jay Panter, Kyle Moore, Daniel Gregory, Jack Milburn, Joe Hammond, Harry Williams, Ben Heald, Christopher Watson, Danny Halmshaw, Nathaniel Light, Richard Lumb, Christopher Anderson, Oliver Bartle. Interchange: Kieron Baker, Lewis Galtress, Ryan Patchett, Gavin Wilkinson.
Photo: Josh Tonks scores the first of two tries against West Bowling by Paul Johnson Phoenix Photography