Land shines in Fryston’s second success

Rugby League
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Despite fielding a depleted side due to injuries and work commitments Fryston, sponsored by Monkhill Sandwiches, notched their second win of the season in the Pennine League’s Championship as they beat Stainland Stags 30-6.

After winning the toss and choosing to play uphill in the first half the game was scrappy, but they managed to control the Stainland attacks and score two tries themselves through Steve Scott and Adam Withington with Wayne McHugh adding both goals.

With the slope behind them for the second half it was expected that Fryston would blitz the Stainland defence, but due to the missing players this hardly happened.

When Stainland put a high bomb in the air and the Fryston players all stood and watched centre Nathan Swarbrick took full advantage to score under the posts. Dan Rushworth added the goal and Fryston were shellshocked.

This was the spur that they needed, however, and with Lee Land to the fore they turned on the style to run in three quick tries through Scott again, Morgan Punchard and Dale Cogan with McHugh adding all the conversions.

Stainland, to their credit, never gave up and Fryston let the game peter out to gain the win.

Land was easily Fryston’s MOM, but Steve Scott and Rob Firth also played their part.

Kinsley Raiders came out on top 25-22 in a keenly fought contest at Beeston Broncos in their third game of the season in Division Four.

Kinsley managed to keep hold of the lead for 75 minutes, but they started slowly and conceded a try in the first set of the game.

The response was quick with a try from the consistent Dave Stogden.

Further touchdowns from Lewis Stogden and captain Dave Stogden, with the latter converted by the third Stogden brother, Stuart, gave the Raiders a 16-10 half-time lead.

Kinsley set off well in the second half and were led round the field superbly by the halves and later hooker Rob Braithwaite.

A great platform was laid by the forwards, in particular Adam Cooke and Ben Lions in the front row, for Kinsley to build on the first half performance.

They did just that with young centre Jordan Taylor, who is showing great potential to be a kid to watch for the future, going over out wide. Stu Stogden followed up with a great conversion.

It was great thinking from Stogden 10 minutes later to slot a drop-goal over to take the game further away from Beeston, leaving them needing to score twice. A penalty goal five minutes from Stogden would ensure that the two points came back home to Kinsley Hotel despite the broncos scoring again.

Kinsley’s top tacklers were David Stogden and Jordan Taylor and the MOM award went to David Stogden with other strong performances from Stu and Lewis Stogden and young prop Ben Lions.

Brotherton Bulldogs are early frontrunners in Division Two with four wins from four, their latest coming 62-8 against Hollinwood.

Allerton Bywater suffered their first defeat in Division Three when they went down 18-12 away to Meltham All Blacks.