Brotherton turn on style in opener

Alex Hewson was a try scorer in Brotherton's win on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Alex Hewson was a try scorer in Brotherton's win on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Brotherton Bulldogs eased to a 52-12 win over Birkenshaw in their first game of the season in the Pennine League’s Championship One Division.

It was a great team effort from Brotherton who were in control from the first minute when slick play saw Alex Hewson score a try and Steve Hayes added the first of his four first-half goals.

Hayes then scored a great individual try before Luke Swinson darted over.

The one-way traffic continued when Nathan Waters went in and Swinson bagged his second score.

Brotherton were 28-0 up before Birkenshaw opened their account with a converted try shortly before half-time.

Birkenshaw came out with more enthusiasm at the start of the second half and got a converted try in the 50th minute.

However, Brotherton dominated the rest of the game, adding 24 unanswered points.

Boulton and Ryan Smith scored in a three minute spell before Swinson completed his hat trick.

Hayes collected his second and Ashley Newman rounded off the rout with a try seven minutes from time.

Also in Championship One Division, Allerton Bywater beat Newsome Panthers 36-34.

In Division One, Cutsyke Raiders lost 46-6 at West Leeds.

Kellingley Welfare slipped to a 35-33 home defeat against West Craven Warriors in Division Two.

Allerton Bywater A were beaten 40-30 by Division Seven rivals Drighlington A.

More than 200 people turned out to watch the Kyle Harcombe memorial game.

It was an entertaining contest between players who had played alongside Kyle at Half Acres and Redhill.

Half Acres took an early advantage and it was only in the last quarter that Redhill got their noses in front and won 24-18.

Sandra Harcombe presented man of the match awards to both sides. Ash Newton won it for Half Acres and Daz Fisher for Redhill.

Dale Cogan also received an award for an outstanding contribution in organising the event.

Castleford and District Referees Society were thanked for giving their services free of charge.