Lock Lane kept up the pressure on National Conference League Premier Division leaders Siddal with a convincing 46-6 home victory over Cumbrian side Egremont Rangers.
In a tight first half, the Lane defence was tested for long periods from the tough visiting attack, but they reaped rewards for their patience when they got quality possession of their own in good field position and made the Egremont defence pay.
Centre Adam Garlick, who was ever-dangerous throughout, opened the scoring early in the first half, following good work by Chris Siddons who broke through the middle and laid the foundations for the Lane attack to get its shape.
Danny Rowse added the conversion and Lane found their feet.
Garlick then crossed for his second shortly after when Rowse’s kicking game caused all manner of problems for the visiting defence .
A clever kick over the top was met by the fast-feet of Garlick who gathered and raced beneath the posts top score. Rowse again added the simple conversion.
The visitors managed to finally break the Lane defence on the half hour mark after they capitalised on a penalty to give them good momentum and cross for a try but it proved the only time the home side defence was breached.
Leading 12-4 at the break, Lane came out for the second half and never took their foot of the gas.
After Siddons crossed in the first minute of the second half and Rowse goaled, Lane ran away with the game.
In a ten minute spell mid-way into the half, Danny Holmes, Siddons and lively full-back Mikey Hayward all crossed for tries, with Rowse continuing his good kicking form with three more conversions to put the game beyond doubt.
Garlick then grabbed his hat-trick as the game ran down, with Rowse again kicking the conversion.
The home side continued their ruthless streak, when Garlick crossed for his fourth touchdown in the last minute.
Lane coach Paul Couch was full of praise for his side’s display.
He said: “I was especially pleased with our defence and how the attack played some very clinical rugby in at times poor conditions. Overall, I am really positive we are progressing in the right direction in the early stages of the season”.
Hayward was awarded the man of the match sponsored by Riverside Car Sales.
Lock Lane are back in action this Saturday when they make the trip to Hull Dockers.