Heath head off Siddal fightback

Widnes West Bank 36

Elland 6

Elland travelled to Conference Division Two new boys Bank looking to follow up their opening win over Featherstone Lions but gave a patchy performance against well drilled foes.

The early exchanges were even with the sides testing each other out through the forwards and there was no score for 10 minutes.

West Bank took the lead when a kick through 10 metres out was fumbled behind the line and the left winger dived on the ball. The conversion was added for 6-0 lead.

Elland started to play better and 80-minute props James Fairbank and Ben Bottomley made plenty of yardage for the backs to take advantage of the spaces created out wide.

A fine ball by Bottomley released Fairbank, who was halted by a high tackle 20 metres out and Phil Taylor kicked the penalty.

The home side’s dangerous second rower stepped through to score a convcerted try at the side of the posts.

Elland kept pressing. A huge hit by centre Junaid Malik forced a knock on and Taylor chipped over and regathered before releasing Ben Harries, who sent Liam Manning over from 40 metres to score a superb try.

However, Elland switched off in the last minute of the half and the home side kept the ball alive for a converted try to make it 18-8.

Elland came out strongly and pressed hard but West Bank inflicted a killer blow with a converted interception try.

The home side then hit the visitors with two quick fire tries down the left to pull further clear.

Elland were well served by their props and man of the match James Fairbank.