Rugby League: Moorends, Bentley, Toll Bar round-up

Moorends coach Neil Barron. Picture: Marie Caley D1082MC
Moorends coach Neil Barron. Picture: Marie Caley D1082MC

Bottom club Moorends Thorne Marauders produced their best performance of the season in the Pennine League Championship, despite losing 22-8 at Queensbury in a game played in testing conditions.

“It was the worst pitch I have ever seen in my life,” said coach Neil Barron.

He added: “There were strong performances from everybody, in particular Scott Berry, Kev Lake and old stager Ernie Lake, who received the man-of-the-match award.

“The score didn’t reflect the game and the performance gives us a good platform on which to build for the rest of the season.”

Moorends’ points came from two unconverted tries, the first of which was a well taken effort by Brett Moogan in only his second first team game.

The second followed a break by David Chowings, who ran 70 metres to score in the corner.

Bentley Good Companions enjoyed a comprehensive 34-0 win away at Birkenshaw in Pennine League Division One.

The visitors were in command from the start, playing disciplined structured rugby to build a 22-0 half time lead with scores coming from Chris Hemmings, Johnny Marshall, Dougie Colton and Scott Smith.

Jack Craswell scored two goals and Craig Whincop one.

Bentley had to defend well in the second half to keep Birkenshaw out and stuck to their task well as they scored two further tries through Marco Lopilo and Hemmings.

Whincop was again successful with two goals to finish off a comfortable victory for the Doncaster side.

Toll Bar’s Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy clash at Wyke was postponed.

Moorends Thorne Marauders A, third in Division Seven, pulled off a surprise 22-20 win over Division Four basement club Thornhill Trojans A in the Supplementary Cup.

See this week’s Free Press for an extended interview with Neil Barron about life at Moorends Thorne Marauders.