Royals change codes to take on Methley challenge

Methley United centre forward Jamie Green, who scored four goals, races away as Methley Royals' John Hughes looks on.
Methley United centre forward Jamie Green, who scored four goals, races away as Methley Royals' John Hughes looks on.

METHLEY ROYALS Rugby League side switched codes to play the first of a hoped for series of annual games against village neighbours Methley United AFC, who have launched an open age side.

The game, on the dual-purpose Savile Park pitch, was played to Association Football rules and proved to be a high-scoring affair. United prevailed 10-7, but not before the Royals had given them a real fright.

Sam Payne scored a hat-trick for the rugby side, whose other goals went to JP Briers, Bart Revell, John Hughes and Lee Starbuck.

Jamie Green netted four times for United, Danny Jackson bagged a brace and Andy Griggs, Aiden Wright, Aiden Hackett and Mitch Thompson scored.

The Royals line-up was: Reece Willshaw, Matty Jackson, Lee Starbuck, Johnny Heaps, Kieran Gledhill, JP Briers, Matty Handforth, Sam Payne, Dave Williams, Bart Revell, John Hughes, Tom Kaye. Subs: Tommy Skerrett and Richard Scott.