Leaders Kinsley have upper hand

Kinsley's Ash Wild scored two tries.
Kinsley's Ash Wild scored two tries.

Patched-up Kinsley Raiders continued their winning run with Saturday’s 32-16 victory at Hoyland Vikings in Pennine League Division Five.

Playing up the slope in the first-half, Kinsley were punished for sloppy defence when bottom side Hoyland went ahead with a converted try after 15 minutes.

Raiders quickly levelled when strong play by the forwards and slick handling saw Dave Stogden score out wide and Matty Stogden added the first of his four goals.

However, Kinsley were well below their best. They made mistakes and their decision-making was far from good. They fell behind again when they had the ball stolen on their own line which gifted Hoyland a converted try.

Raiders briefly sprung to life when Hepworth and Littlewood made good ground to pave the way for the speedy Stu Stogden to race over for a try that Matty Stogden improved to square matters again.

Hoyland then went ahead for the third time with an unconverted time after Kinsley conceded a string of penalties.

Kinsley replied from the re-start when Ash Wild chased down the kick off and gathered the ball to score the first of his two tries to make it level pegging at the break.

Kinsley gradually got on top in the second-half despite continuing to look out of sorts.

They gave away too much possession and squandered try scoring opportunities through sloppy handling.

They also played the last 20 minutes with only 12 men after having a player sent off.

However, they got the edge when Dave Stogden grabbed two tries and Wild scored his second, with Matty Stogden kicking two more goals.

Matty Stogden, Dave Shipley and Littlewood were Kinsley’s best players.

Raiders host lowly Hollinwood at Hemsworth Sports Centre on Saturday (2pm). Players are asked to meet at 12.45pm.