NATIONAL Cup finalists Fryston Warriors were too strong for a young Featherstone Lions side in the Castleford and Featherstone ARL’s Edgar Hanson Invitation Cup final at Lock Lane.
Second rower Steve Scott grabbed a hat-trick and Andy Speake landed 10 goals from 12 kicks to take him past the 400 points mark for the season as Fryston cut loose to win 68-10.
Featherstone, who fielded half a dozen under 18s, trailed 36-0 at half-time but were rewarded for their resilience and numerous neat touches with two second-half tries.
Fryston, however, were always in control and their defence was outstanding as they warmed up impressively for the Senior Cup final at Normanton on Saturday and the National Cup final on May 28.
Gaz Handford crashed over for the opening try.
From the re-start, forwards Mark Castle, Handford, Johnny Jones and Scott made massive inroads to pave the way for Jones to cross.
Fryston’s quick handling and speedy threequarters cut Featherstone’s defence wide open.
Scott grabbed a try, Hayes went over and substitute Dean Tucker made an immediate impact by taking three defenders over the line with him to score.
Land also went in to complete the first-half scoring.
The onslaught continued in the second half when Andy Matthews crossed.
Featherstone’s Dan Dixon ducked under two tacklers to bag a try that Ian Jackson converted before Fryston reintroduced Scott who chased a long kick down field to score.
Fryston, well led by Handford, shot further ahead when Tucker came on for his second spell and plunged over for his second try.
Fryston did not ease up and Scott Horner, who had an outstanding game, got on the score sheet.
Gaz Hale scored Featherstone’s second try but Fryston had the last word with Castle’s touchdown.
Horner was Fryston’s MOM, closely followed by Scott and Matthews in an excellent all-round team effort.
Fryston and Lions meet again in the David Poulter Open Cup Final at Townville on Friday, June 10.