FRYSTON Warriors had two men sent off and another sin-binned in a 37-10 defeat against Hunslet Club Parkside in the BARLA National Cup final at Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday.
Fryston, aiming to lift their fifth trophy this season, failed to produce their usual standard of rugby.
After a three-week lay-off, they struggled to put their game together and the number of penalties they conceded took its toll as the game wore on.
They started brightly. Paul Handforth’s clever pass sent Scott Horner racing clear but no one was on hand to finish it off. However, the early pressure was rewarded when Lee Land’s neat off-load put in Az Dobek for the first try.
Parkside, with the aid of a string of penalties, hit back when Carl Briggs powered over and Jamie Fields converted.
The game was evenly balanced at this stage with both sides defending magnificently but Fryston’s poor discipline gave them extra work to do and Parkside capitalised when Fields converted his own try .
Fryston’s James Cryer was then sin binned for a reckless tackle on his opposite number and Hunslet made the most of the extra man when Fields grabbed his second touchdown.
On the stroke of half time Fryston got back in the game when Jack Pickerill crashed over and Andy Speake converted.
Playing down the slope in the second half, Fryston were still well below their best but they kept Parkside pinned in their own half and created numerous chances.
However, just as Fryston were getting the upper hand, Rob Firth went late into a tackle and caught the Parkside player around the head which saw him red carded.
Parkside extended their lead when full back Craig McShane linked up to score. An eight point try was awarded because he was fouled as he went over.
Fryston tried in vain to get back into the game. They struggled to break down Parkside’s defence and when they did the support was not there.
With the extra man, Parkside created gaps and Ben Shulver was on hand to score their next try.
Parkside’s Danny Rowse kicked a drop goal before Fryston were reduced to 11 men when Speake was sent off for dissent.
Hunslet completed the scoring when Keiran Murphy went over for an easy try.
Fryston’s man of the match award which was sponsored by Marie Dyson of 5 Star Commercial Cleaning, Martin Oxtoby, Paul (Joe) Johnson and Alan Scarfe went to Darren Fisher for his excellent tackling display throughout the game. He was followed by Lee Land and Scott Horner.