Rugby league: Young Fred steals show as Elland progress

Moorends 12 Elland 24 National Cup

Elland under 18 player Fred Walker was the star, helping himself to a four try haul in only his second first team game.

However, Elland did not have everything all their own way as they found themselves pushed hard by a very well drilled Moorends side.

Elland opened well and a 50 metre break from Joe Beverley finished with him putting Walker away for his first try.

Five minutes later the same pair combined again for Walker's second try with Oliver Fairbank completing the conversion.

Elland looked to be coasting but the Doncaster side had other ideas and hit straight back with an unconverted try in the corner.

Elland were pinned in their own 20 with Jack and James Fairbank, Sam Housley and Marc Shickell all tackling like trojans to keep the big Moorends forwards out.

Just when it looked like Moorends would breach the Elland defence again a loose pass went to ground. Walker gathered and raced 70 metres for his hat-trick.

Fairbank converted to give Elland a 16-4 lead at the break.

Moorends produced a spirited 20 minute spell at the start of the second half with Elland spilling the ball several times and gifting the opposition the possession.

And it was little surprise when they scored two unconverted tries to put Elland under real pressure at 16-12.

John Henry was brought on to stiffen up the tackling and Elland's older players Malik, Shickell and Fairbanks steadied the team with some big hits and strong drives.

Dave Webb then made a superb 60 metre break and from his pass it looked like Jack Fairbank was certain to score. He was pulled down just short, but from the resulting play the ball was whipped out and Walker went in for his fourth try.

Fairbank converted and Elland held on for victory.