Lock Lane hand out a hammering

Full-back Mikey Hayward scored three tries in Lock Lane's 58-6 win at Wigan St Jude's in the National Conference League's Premier  Division on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Full-back Mikey Hayward scored three tries in Lock Lane's 58-6 win at Wigan St Jude's in the National Conference League's Premier Division on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Lock Lane climbed to third in the National Conference League’s Premier Division with a game in hand on the top two - Siddal and West Hull - with an 11-try display in a 58-6 win at basement side Wigan St Jude’s.

Wet conditions led to an error-strewn game but the visitors showed many glimpses of quality amid the knock-ons.

Lane’s front row of Joe Groves, Jack Beddis and Ben Mawson pounded their less fit opponents into submission.

The more youthful and mobile back row of Jordan Siddons, Paul Brown and Chris Siddons tore large holes in the patchy Jude’s defence.

A superb break in his own half from Brown started the points spree after five minutes. He fed winger Adam Garlick who rounded the home full-back with ease.

Scrum half Danny Rowse kicked the first of his seven conversions.

Five minutes later, Lane full-back Mikey Hayward ghosted in at the corner after a 75 yard interception.

A break in his own half from captain Chris Siddons was continued by Garlick, who fed the supporting Beddis to go in at the side of the posts. Rowse goaled before a generous interpretation of the momentum rule by the referee saw the Wigan side claw back a converted try to make it 16-6.

Swift handling from halfbacks Rowse and Nathan Fozzard saw Garlick score his second on 32 minutes before left winger Jimmy Cryer showed good pace to cross a minute before the break.

Seven minutes into the second-half Garlick completed his hat trick with a storming run down the touchline.

Substitutes Bart Hold and Craig Jeffels used wrecking ball style of tackling to disrupt the few purposeful attacks of the home side.

Lane, with five regulars missing from duty, took the opportunity to introduce under 17s flyer Joe Capless, on his debut, onto the left wing for Cryer.

Capless was involved immediately making a good covering tackle on a rare St Jude’s break.

A Rowse kick to the left corner saw Capless bear down on the home full-back who decided to obstruct him rather than attempt to field the ball. From the resultant penalty Hayward scored at the right corner.

Classy centre Nicky Saxton showed good feet and a fend to score from 25 yards out on 59 minutes before Siddons scored his second three minutes later.

Powerful centre Danny Holmes showed no mercy to the home side with 12 minutes left as he blasted his way through to which Rowse kicked his final goal.

Hayward completed his hat trick in the final minute to round off a great personal display of craft, balance and pace.

Hayward won the MOM award followed by Siddons, Brown, Jeffels and Garlick though all Lane players dominated their opposite numbers.

Lane now have a week off before resuming with a home game against Egremont Rangers on May 24.

In Division Two, Castleford Panthers matched high flying St Helens side Pilkington Recs to earn a well-deserved 30-30 draw.

Panthers started brightly when winger Jake Beaumont scored wide out giving them the lead but Pilkingtons hit back scoring three unanswered tries.

Pilkingtons looked like they were getting on top until winger Beaumont scored his second try, showing his pace with a 60 yard effort to give Panthers a life line.

Pilkingtons scored first in the second half to give them the upper hand but Panthers battled back superbly.

Hooker Jordan Holder was rewarded a try which was quickly followed by a touchdown from James Clarkson.

Pilkingtons scored again but Panthers would not lie down.

Holder scored wide out, leaving the Castleford side trailing by four points with the clock ticking away.

Panthers continued to press in the closing stages .

Debutant Jake Ward fired a long pass out to give second row man Lee Norton the chance to score wide out to level the scores with three minutes remaining.

Clarkson missed the difficult conversion that would have given Panthers the win and they had to settle for the draw.

Best for Panthers were Karl Robinson, Jake Ward and Luke Varley who was was voted MOM by sponsor Mcarthys sandwiches.