Champions Fryston show their class in 15-try romp

Jack Smith gets into his stride for Fyston Warriors in Saturday's 80-0 win over Sharlston Rovers in the Pennine League's Championship. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Jack Smith gets into his stride for Fyston Warriors in Saturday's 80-0 win over Sharlston Rovers in the Pennine League's Championship. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Unbeaten Fryston Warriors warmed up for this Saturday’s BARLA Yorkshire Cup quarterfinal at North Hull Knights by running in 15 tries in an 80-0 win over Sharlston Rovers in the Pennine League’s Championship.

Defending champions Fryston had too much pace and power for their opponents.

The rout started in the first minute when Ryan Meah broke through a tackle and ran 80 metres to score.

Wayne McHugh added the conversion and went on to pile up 36 points with four tries and 10 goals.

Fryston’s pack, led by Jack Smith and Lee Land, set a great platform for the three quarters to run riot.

McHugh grabbed the second try which was quickly followed by touchdowns from Adam Rothwell, McHugh again and Steve Scott.

Land, Scott and Andy Speake added further tries before half-time.

Fryston, sponsored by Monkhill Sandwiches, did not ease up in the second-half.

McHugh completed his hat trick to put them further ahead.

Rothwell then went in for his second before McHugh bagged his fourth.

The introduction of Connor Jordan added more flair to Fryston’s attacks and it wasn’t long before he got on the scoresheet himself.

Smith, who along with Land worked tirelessly throughout, was rewarded with a touchdown at the side of the posts.

The Warriors rounded things off when Meah darted over from 50 metres out and Jordan scored his second.

Although Sharlston were totally outplayed, prop Luke Littlewood had a tremendous game for them.

Fryston’s MOM award, sponsored by Martin Oxtoby and Alan Scarfe, was a difficult choice as several players had outstanding games. It went to Lee, with Land and McHugh pushing him close.

Lock Lane Academy retained a two point lead in the 11-a-side division after staging a magnificent late fightback from 32-10 down to draw 32-32 in a top-of-the-table clash at Thornhill Trojans.

Lane’s young side lost their way early on in foggy conditions and quickly fell behind.

They looked to be heading for defeat when they trailed by 22 points with only 10 minutes left but they rallied superbly, showing a never say die attitude and producing outstanding skill .

A tiring Thornhill side couldn’t handle the Castleford side who turned on the style to score four tries to level the scores with a minute to spare.

Thornhill were rescued by the the final whistle as Lane were denied a sensational win.

Seventeen-year-old scrum half Brad Roberts pulled the strings for Lane.

He was involved in all their best work and powered over for a try.

Hard hitting hooker Archie Coffield was outstanding throughout and he outpaced the defence to grab a try after a clever off-load from Ethan Flowers.

Full-back Morgan Jones produced two moments of individual brilliance that led to tries including a delightful pass and a clever chip kick.

Seventeen-year-old prop James Cranswick stood up to an aggressive Thornhill pack and again showed tremendous potential as did Tom Wright and Dan Ratcliffe. Outstanding back rowers Flowers and Josh Steels, who scored a try, produced classy touches.

Methley Royals, who were without a scheduled fixture last weekend, visit Worth Village on Saturday in the 11-a-side division.

The Royals will be hoping to record a third win of the season to continue their climb up the nine-team table.

Methley, meanwhile, are already anticipating a big crowd for the Villagers versus Townies game on Wednesday, December 28, at their Savile Park ground (12.30pm kick-off).

The match will be followed by an afternoon’s entertainment at the Royals’ base at Methley WMC (the Top Club).