Methley stay on course for title

Jon Paul Briers (right) and Andy Matthews (left) were both on the scoresheet in Methley's win. Picture: Kris Whitfield.
Jon Paul Briers (right) and Andy Matthews (left) were both on the scoresheet in Methley's win. Picture: Kris Whitfield.
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Leaders Methley remain unbeaten in the Pennine League’s Championship Division after completing a double over King Cross Park by beating them 40-20 on Saturday.

King Cross, who had lost 38-4 in at home to Methley in October, offered much stronger opposition than the final scoreline would suggest and were only 30-20 adrift with four minutes remaining.

Methley, however, finished with a flourish, posting a try by winger Andy Matthews and, at the death, a touchdown for prop Adam Biscomb, the first of which centre Jon Paul Briers improved in a two-goal contribution.

The Royals had opened in sizzling style, registering tries in the first 19 minutes for winger Josh Dixon, Briers and Matthews, centre Sam Payne kicking a conversion for a 14-0 lead. Second rower Lee Starbuck added a try - which Payne improved - as the interval approached, in response to the Park’s opener by Adam Barrett.

But the visitors went in at the break only 20-12 adrift when Matthew Brown crossed in the closing seconds and Lee Brook landed his second goal.

Methley loose forward Alan White and Tom Ettenfield traded touchdowns in the early stages of the second half, before Dixon raced in for the Royals on 63 minutes and Briers added the extras.

John Wade responded some five minutes later to keep King Cross in the hunt but Methley were not to be denied.

The Royals have a walk-over in Saturday’s BARLA National Cup first round home tie against Dewsbury Moor who are unable to raise a team.

Chequerfield Rangers warmed up for Saturday’s National Cup tie at East Leeds by winning 46-16 at Dewsbury Moor in the Championship Division last weekend.