Fryston shake off frustrations to maintain 100 per cent start

Fryston's Az Dobek.
Fryston's Az Dobek.

Fryston maintained their unbeaten record in the Pennine Championship with a nine-try rout of West Leeds Eagles.

The Monkhill Sandwiches sponsored side ran out 50-8 winners away from home to make it three wins from three in the league so far, but the game was a stop-start affair due to spoiling tactics from the home side.

They repeatedly slowed the play ball down and were constantly laying on at the tackle, causing frustration in the Fryston camp as they tried to play their normal fast flowing stuff.

It took them 15 minutes to get on the score sheet when Steve Scott powered over from a neat inside pass.

Az Dobek added the conversion and went on to land seven from nine attempts.

After Fryston opened the scoring the game petered out as the referee constantly blew his whistle with frustration in both sides rising.

Fryston’s defence stood up admirably to what West Leeds could throw at them and hit their hosts with a counter punch as Morgan Punchard backed up two half breaks to run in two quick tries.

This seemed to settle Fryston down and they got back into their rhythm of play. Next it was Jack Smith who went over as he brushed aside several would be tacklers.

On the stroke of half-time West Leeds got on the score sheet as Aiden Brody landed a penalty, giving Fryston a 22-point cushion at half-time.

They soon put the game beyond West Leeds as they came out for the second half and rattled up three quick tries.

Firstly Wayne McHugh’s pace was too much for the home side as he scooted over, followed by Dobek showing neat footwork to score and finally Jack Lee scooping up a loose ball to run 50 metres to score.

West Leeds, to their credit, never gave up and prop Ryan Pinder crashed over under the posts. Brody landed the conversion.

Fryston hit back in their usual style and they created an overlap for Adam Withington to score out wide. They finished the game with Adam Baxter running in at the corner to reach the 50-point mark.

Fryston’s man of the match went to Lee, but Baxter, Smith and Dobek pushed him close.

Fryston are at home to Underbank Rangers this Saturday with both teams putting their unbeaten records on the line. Kick-off is 2.30pm.

Upton narrowly went down 34-30 at Underbank in their Championship game to make it three defeats from five matches.

Elsewhere in the Pennine League, Cutsyke Raiders suffered a 42-26 defeat to unbeaten Illingworth in Division One while Allerton Bywater won 29-10 away at Doncaster Toll Bar in Division Three.