Royals lift trophy for third year in a row

Methley Royals celebrate last week's win over Reckitts.
Methley Royals celebrate last week's win over Reckitts.

Methley Royals ARLFC lifted the Dave Black Memorial Trophy for the third successive season.

The Royals, however, did it the hard way as they edged out Hull side Reckitts 34-26 in the annual pre-season friendly.

A tendency to kick out on the full at re-starts gifted Reckitts possession which the home side used to build a 14-0 lead with tries by Paul Stewart, Shaun Dawson and Matt Harling, the third of which Joe Williams improved.

Once Methley got into gear, however, there was only likely to be one winner.

Stand-off Matty Handforth, an imposing presence, sent loose forward Lee Starbuck over for the Royals’ first try, winger Danny Snowden adding the extras in a five-from-six contribution with the boot.

Powerhouse prop Adam Biscomb, the man of the match, crashed through a posse of defenders for Methley’s second score, and the visitors went in front at 18-14 when hooker James Rawson burrowed over from dummy-half.

Substitute Chris Woolford popped up on the end of an Adam Biscomb break to help establish a 24-14 lead at the interval, only for Methley to lose their way in the early stages of the second half.

The Hull and District Premiers took full advantage to snatch a 26-24 lead.

But the Royals regained their composure to seal victory with Woolford’s second try and a deserved touchdown for Handforth. Snowden converted the first score.

Methley start their Pennine League Championship Division campaign on Saturday with a home game against Dewsbury Moor (2.30pm).