King Cross Park 18 Clayton 4 (Division One West)
King Cross Park put together their best performance of the season in a great all round display to secure victory over Clayton.
The visitors made the better start to proceedings and opened up the scoring when their scrum half nipped over the line from a scrum.
That was as good as it got for the league leaders though as Park's forwards Paul Bowen, Andy Boocock and Lee Gleeson performed excellently in defence.
Mick Williams came close to scoring Park's first points of the contest, but he grounded the ball just short of the line after latching on to the end of a move by Jack White and Lee Brook.
Intense pressure on the Clayton line from Park eventually paid off as Aidon Dewhirst collected a Danny Fearon chip through to score Park's first try of the game. Brook converted the try to give Park a 6-4 advantage.
It was a lead that Park never relinquished as they continued to attack Clayton at will. Luke Brown in particular caused problems for the visitors' defence as he made good yardage every time he touched the ball.
Park increased their advantage when White, Brook and Matthew Brown linked up to stretch the Clayton defence and put Alex Wood in for the try out wide. Brook again converted the try to make it 12-4 to the home side.
Park could have scored again soon after but Adam Barrett failed to notice Adam Crowther free on his outside after being put through by Andy Binns and the chance went begging.
Park sealed the victory when Aaron Brown picked up a loose ball to race half the length of the field for the score. Brook added the extras once more to wrap up an impressive victory.
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Illingworth A 6
Brighouse A 28
The visitors started the game strongly and pressured the home line for the first 10 minutes before a determined drive resulted in an unconverted try.
The home side struck back with a try from powerful centre Chris Keoghan after good work from Andy Greenway and Tony O'Brien.
Illingworth were now dominating with Kev Fellows, Richard Moody and Anthony Burrows making inroads into the Brighouse defence.
Defences continued to dominate and half time came with the score 6–4 to the home side.
Brighouse had the better of the opening exchanges with a converted try in the corner and a fortuitous try when a loose ball was pounced on over the line by Dawson.
Illingworth's young side was now struggling to keep the visitors at bay and despite the promptings of Niall Brady and Kieran Dewhirst the visitors scored three more tries and a conversion to run out worthy winners against a a home side which never gave up.