Handy Andy bags treble for Royals

Methley winger Andy Matthews  scored three second-half tries. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Methley winger Andy Matthews scored three second-half tries. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Winger Andy Matthews scored three second-half tries as Methley Royals increased their lead in the Pennine League’s Championship Division with Saturday’s 50-6 win at Moorends Thorne Marauders.

The Royals are six points clear of closest rivals Chequerfield Rangers who have a match in hand.

Methley would have won even more comfortably had they maintained their scoring rate of the opening quarter.

After opening the scoring with an eighth minute try by Jon Paul Briers, they were 28-0 up after just 22 minutes having added touchdowns by Stu Biscomb, Andy Speake, Jake Dickinson and Alan White, with Sam Payne kicking four goals.

However, Methley failed to score in the last 18 minutes in the first-half and Moorends reduced the half-time deficit to 22 points when Shaun Roberts converted his own try.

It was a similar story in the second period, with Methley posting four more tries by the 64th minute before drying up. Three went to prolific wingman Matthews and Stu Biscomb also crossed.

Payne added two goals to take his career tally with the Royals to 994 points, while Speake landed the last conversion.

Chequerfield Rangers reached the second round of the league’s President’s Cup with a 24-16 home win against Batley Boys.

The Pontefract side went ahead when Jack Beddis scooted over from close range.

Strong runs by forwards Scott Wilson and Luke Thomas then paved the way for Beddis to bag his second score and Kyle Bailey kicked his second conversion. Excellent defensive work from Wilson, Thomas Blackmore and Simpson helped keep Batley scoreless in the first-half.

Leading 12-0 at the break, Rangers soon shot further ahead when Josh Blackmore created the opening for his brother Jake to score a try that Bailey improved.

Batley opened their account with a try at the corner and they then started to take control after two Chequerfield players were sin-binned.

Batley scored again but Chequerfield sealed victory in the dying seconds when clever play by Wilson and Godber sent in Bailey for the clinching try he also converted.

Bailey was MOM closely followed by Wilson and Beddis.

Chequerfield are grateful to match ball sponsor Slatters of Pontefract.

In Division Five, Sherburn Bears were pipped 16-12 at title rivals Crofton Cougars who inflicted Sherburn’s first defeat since the opening day of the season in September.

Sherburn made a dreadful start and were 12-0 down after 10 minutes but they bounced back superbly, with Adam Withington, Rob Hollins, Ray Boyes, Sam Booth, Ryan Roebuck and Daniel Johnson troubling Crofton’s defence.

They were unfortunate when winger Bryn Watson had an effort ruled out for a double movement. Excellent defence from Withington, Sam Booth, Shaun Crossland, Kevin Dalton, Declan Lewis and Roebuck kept Crofton at bay.

The introduction of seasoned forwards Lewis Booth, Paul Romans and Adam Wright saw the Bears attacking with renewed vigour.

They were out of luck again when Adam Wright crashed over but was adjudged to have been held up, despite evidence the ball was grounded.

In the second half, Sherburn piled on the pressure, with excellent runs from Withington, Mike Dalton and Lewis Booth.

Centre Daniel Johnson cleverly set up a try for Romans to put the Bears back in the game. They cut the gap to 12-8 when brothers Sam and Lewis Booth and Johnson paved the way for Rob Hollins to dive over. Crofton hit back with their third try but Sherburn rallied and Sam Booth, Roebuck and Johnson set up a try for prop Rhys Hughes.

With seconds left, Roebuck realeased Johnson whose inside pass sent in Hughes but the referee controversially ruled out the effort for a forward pass.

Sherburn were left to rue three missed goal kicks and three disallowed tries.

Withington, who topped the tackle count with 47, won Sherburn’s Yorkshire Laser sponsored MOM award.

Second was Sam Booth and third captain Ray Boyes.

Methley Royals A are still looking for their first win in Division Six after losing 22-14 at Beeston Broncos.

The Royals went down to a sixth successive defeat after being outgunned by a south Leeds outfit that had not previously won in its two-year history. Methley, though, could have taken the spoils with a shade more composure after having recovered from an early 10-point deficit to level matters at the break.

Beeston stunned the Royals with early tries by Dean Morrison and Rob Charlton, one of which Scott Morrison converted, but the pendulum appeared to have swung towards Methley when Dean Sampson and Mark Pritchard charged in, Danny Snowden improving one effort.

Although the Broncos went in front again on the restart when Jamie Bell converted his own score, Methley bounced back through Gaz Skerrett.

But a late touchdown for James Mann which Bell improved saw Beeston home.