Nevison Leap into national semi-finals

Action from the BARLA National Cup quarter-final between Batley Boys and Nevison Leap (d306b316).
Action from the BARLA National Cup quarter-final between Batley Boys and Nevison Leap (d306b316).

Nevison Leap ARL looked rusty initially, but recovered from early setbacks away to Batley Boys to clinch their place in the semi-finals of the National Cup with a 28-18 victory.

Batley, from a division below Nevison in the Pennine League, raced into an 8-0 lead, taking advantage of bad defending and bad discipline to go ahead through a Gav Davis try plus a conversion and penalty by Adam Bingham.

But Danny Gilbert came on after 15 minutes and with his first touch forced his way over, taking three men with him.

Josh Beecher added the conversion and 10 minutes later went over the whitewash himself before failing with his second kick at goal.

However, with seconds to half-time busy Batley number nine Rob Bingham touched down for a try that gave his side a 12-10 interval lead.

The second half started like the first when strong running home forward Aaron James crossed the line for a try converted by Adam Bingham.

But this gave Nevison the fright they needed and they turned the game round with two tries from Clifton Richardson and another one by Gilbert.

All the tries were converted by Beecher and Nevison had done well in the end to book their place in the last four of the national competition.

Nevison Leap have another big cup tie ahead tonight (Friday) when they face Kellingley Welfare in the final of the Castleford & District’s David Poulter Cup. Kick-off in a game taking place at Lock Lane is 7pm.

The league’s management committee is seeking entries for the Edgar Hanson Invitation Cup, which will be played in August, to embrace summer-based teams and sides preparing for the 2013-14 winter season. Nominations will be required at the league’s next meeting on Tuesday, May 7.