Leigh Miners Rangers 20-32 Hunslet Club Parkside
It was back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon (19 March 2022) for Hunslet Club Parkside – a second half fight back earning a valuable 20–32 victory at Twist Lane, the home to Leigh Miners Rangers. This was always going to be an interesting fixture with both sides having gone down to defeat in NCL Round 2 – Rangers to Halifax side Siddal and The Old Boys losing to St Helens based Thatto Heath Crusaders.
Parkside were first to trouble the scorers when centre Jake Dearden crossed on 4’ but it was Leigh Miners who crossed the whitewash twice before Jamie Fields went over on 30’ for a try. A third first half four pointer to Leigh Miners saw them go in at half time with a 16-10 lead.
Back Row forwards Ben Shulver and Harry Dodd both crossed early in the second half. Shulver’s effort converted by Danny Rowse brought the scores level at 16-16 and Dodd’s try, again converted by Rowse just two minutes later, put Hunslet Club Parkside in front for the first time in the game at 16-22. The home side were next to cross so it was game on at 20-22 but Dearden’s second and an Omar Alrawi – now almost customary – late score on 75 minutes made it a happy journey back across the Pennines for the visitors.
A feature of the game was the return to the ranks of half back Danny Rowse who added the extras to four of the six tries scored by Parkside, but it was Danny’s partner in the halves Ritchie Westwood who took the visitors Player of the Match honours.
Captain Jamie Fields spoke to South Leeds Life after the game:
“It was a game of two halves The first half we were way off our normal selves and Leigh Miners pressed us around the ruck … we struggled to get going and lacked a bit of enthusiasm. Martin (Rowse) and Sam (Thorpe) certainly let us know at half time! Moving into the second half I thought Andy Hullock and Danny Rowse were immense for us with ball in hand, and Danny’s kicking game got us going and moving us up the pitch.
“Jack Briggs went really well with some big efforts and Brad Wheeler came up with some big efforts coming out of our own 20 metres plus young Joe Taylor equally having a great game when called upon – three 17-year-olds playing in the amateur game’s flagship competition and doing more than asked for us. That’s priceless and it’s talent we’ve got to look after.
“It’s great to get the win and get back on the bike but we won’t take much from the first half … just a lot of grit from the second 40.”
NCL Premier Division Round 4 sees The Old Boys away to Siddal next Saturday afternoon (26 March). Kick off is at 2:30pm.
Hunslet Club Parkside: Craig McShane, Will Cohen, Jake Dearden, Bradley Wheeler, Omar Alrawi, Danny Rowse, Ritchie Westwood, Elliot Morgan, Casey Canterbury, Jamie Fields, Kieran Murphy, Harry Dodd, Andy Hullock. Subs: Joe Taylor, Jack Briggs, Kieran Webster, Ben Shulver.
Tries: Jake Dearden (2), Jamie Fields, Ben Shulver, Harry Dodd, Omar Alrawi. Goals: Danny Rowse (4)
Leigh Miners Rangers: Noah Lancelot, Lewis Grimes, Connor Ratcliffe, Sam Arrowsmith, Sam Pilkington, Marco Williamson, Calum Coleman, Harry Darby, Lee Hudson, Darryl Kay, Joe Connor, Liam Kenyon, Harvey Gotts. Subs: Jack Hamer, Andy Philbin, Jonny Carroll, Steve Jones.
Tries: Noah Lancelott, Marco Williamson, Joe Connor, Sam Arrowsmith. Goals: Sam Pilkington (2).
Hunslet Club Parkside Second Team go down to defeat in Yorkshire Men’s League
Whilst Parkside were getting back to winning ways the second team who play in the Yorkshire Men’s League (YML) were at home to Huddersfield side Lindley St Joseph’s. Although going down to a 28-0 defeat coach Carl Briggs thought the effort, commitment and skill shown by his young team was outstanding:
“The club as a whole were without ten players this weekend due to injury and unavailability which always has a big knock-on effect when a number of players step up to first team duties. Our young lads all gave their all today with big shouts going to 16-year-old Stanley Boyes on debut and Josh Perkins. Top performances too from McKenzie Haigh, Wayne Foster and Luke O’Malley”.
Hunslet Club Parkside YML team: Luke Medley, Jack Broadhead, Chris Thompson, Luke Rayner, Scott Teale, Luke O’Malley, Stanley Boyes, McKenzie Haigh, Sam Bayley, Wayne Foster, Dean Bowles, Ryan Campbell, Josh Perkins. Subs: Dave Medley, Chris Boyce, Will Tucker, Harvey Campbell-Quinn, Hassan Hussein.
This post was written by Phil Goodfield
Photo: Hunslet Club Parkside in action against Stanningley 30 January 2022 by Paul Johnson Phoenix Photography
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