Upton U10s make it four wins in a row

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.CO.UK - Upton U8 v Thornhill U8, Upton RLFC, Upton, England - 160613 - Upton's Harry Monaghan fends off Thornhill's Brandon Samud.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.CO.UK - Upton U8 v Thornhill U8, Upton RLFC, Upton, England - 160613 - Upton's Harry Monaghan fends off Thornhill's Brandon Samud.

Upton ARLFC under 10s secured their fourth win in a row with a comfortable 36-22 victory away at Dearne Valley Bulldogs last week.

After an even first half, the boys held a narrow six-point lead, but pressed on after the break to complete another impressive win.

Spencer Hatfield opened his Upton account with the first set of the game, but lapse defending allowed the Bulldogs in for a quick reply.

Max White and Tyler Raikes scored to open up a healthy lead, but the home side went over again to l;eave the score delicately poised at 18-12 as the half-time whistle blew.

With a focus on tightening up their defence, Upton took to the field after the interval determined to put the match to bed.

Hatfield soon doubled his tally with a brilliant solo try, but Dearne Valley hit back after the Upton defence stood off their man.

Upton finally put the result beyond doubt as Brandon Slater went over and Spencer Howcroft scored after good work from Tom Hazelcroft to complete a 14-point win.

Upton under 8s were unable to secure a third consecutive win as they went down 8-2 at home to Birstall Victoria.

Facing a well-organised Birstall side, Upton battled hard but were always facing an uphill battle.

Birstall bagged the first try with a well-worked move and soon added more as their strength and skill on the ball proved too much for Upton.

The home side did not give up, and were unlucky to see two tries chalked off after determined attacks.

The hosts finally got on the scoresheet thanks to tries from Mitchell Light and Harry Monaghan, who both showed strength to barge their way over the line.

Monaghan took the Top Tackler award for his efforts in taking down the Bisrtall attackers, while Most Imptoved Player went to Declan Hague.

Upton’s Man of the Match was Kai Johnson, who, despite being the smallest player on the field, shopwed great tenacity and attacking intent.

Upton under 14s prevailed in a tough encounter at Dewsbury Moor to halt their worrying run of defeats.

Upton made a strong start, and took the lead through the impressive Lewis Marley.

Buoyed by the try, Upton showed great attacking verve, and added further tries from Man of the Match Joe Ashby (2) and Euan Mears.

Dewsbury Moor stuck with them though, and kept the defecit down to a single score as the game entered the final minutes.

However, Tommy Owen made the points safe with a late penalty, having earlier nailed two conversions.

Upton will look to build on the long-awaited victory as they play Birstall on Sunday.