Fryston’s new season off to winning start

Morgan Punchard, man of the match for Fryston.
Morgan Punchard, man of the match for Fryston.

Fryston, sponsored by Monkhill Sandwiches, got their new season under way with a 40-20 victory over rivals Queens in the Pennine League’s Championship.

The game was scrappy, however, and they have a lot of work to do if they want to reach the standards they set last season.

Lacking several regulars and blending in a few new players, they ran in eight tries, but their defensive display needs to be improved.

Andy Matthews started the scoring, running in the first two tries, both of which were goaled by Wayne McHugh. But they let Queens claw their way back with two tries.

Fryston extended their lead just before half-time when Adam Withington went over.

They came storming out for the second half with Sean Hesketh powering his way over and Steve Scott also scoring, McHugh adding a goal.

This was short lived as they eased off to let Queens score from a simple kick through as they all stood and watched.

Fryston weathered the storm, though, and McHugh showed what he is capable of by darting through a gap and scoring from 50 metres out.

The tempo was maintained as slick handling put Scott into an opening and Morgan Punchard was on hand to finish off the move. He also added the goal.

Fryston’s final try came from Jack Smith who blasted through the middle. Queens had the last word, though, by scoring out wide late on.

Fryston MOM, sponsored by Mark Oxtoby and Nigel Rothwell, went to Morgan Punchard, followed by Sean Hesketh and Wayne McHugh. They travel to Stainland Stags this Saturday.

Cutyske Raiders made it three wins from three in the Pennine League Division One as they edged out Wyke in a high scoring game..

Chris Singer, Simon Pye, Carl Etherington, Aaron Duncan (two) and Lee Norton (two) all scored tries in a 42-36 success. Gavyn Lightowler landed seven kicks from seven attempts at goal.

Cutsyke MOM, sponsored by CSW Process Ltd, went to Lee Norton, closely followed by Lightowler and Jonny Payne.

Kinsley Raiders battled hard, but lost 33-16 to Queensbury in Division Four.

With key men missing, they could not quite get to grips with a well drilled Queensbury team.

Dave Gorton, making his eagerly awaited debut, crossed twice with Lewis Stogden adding a conversion.

Mark Howse crossed for a well eared try with Stogden adding the extras, but all the efforts were in vain as Kinsley could not get their nose over the line. MOM was Lee Trigg, closely followed by Gorton.

Kinsley are hoping to return to winning ways this Saturday at Beeston Broncos .

Opening fixtures in the Pennine League’s new 11-a-side competition, which Methley Royals have entered, are scheduled to be out tomorrow.

The league, due to kick-off on October 15, will initially involve six teams, including the Royals, although it is anticipated that more could enter in the next few weeks.

Methley are being joined by Bradford Victoria Rangers A, Brighouse Rangers A, Cowling Harlequins, Thornhill Trojans and Upton. Games will operate 30 minutes each way.

Royals, meanwhile, are seeking more players. Further information is available from Phil Hodgson (077 86980909).